INDIANAPOLIS – It's a week unlike any other during the regular season.
The Colts will travel to Houston in less than 48 hours for Thursday Night Football and preparation began with a late afternoon practice on Monday.
Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano, Cory Redding and Jonotthan Harrison talking to media on Monday:
Chuck Pagano on the task of a short week and getting ready for Houston:
"You try to do as much work in advance as you possibly can.
"You've got to get ahead."
Bowen's Analysis:* *The "24-minute" rule was in full effect following the Colts 20-13 win on Sunday afternoon. Pagano said nearly the entire coaching staff headed to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center following Sunday's win to get a head start on Houston.
Yes, a division game means familiar personnel but this is a new Texans coaching staff that the Colts are prepping for on Thursday night. Taking a look at some quotes from Houston and it's clear the Texans realize how important this game is from a divisional standpoint and establishing early control.
Cory Redding on dealing with a short week:
"We normally have a little time to kind of rest, heal up and get a little day to kind of study up the opponent. We had to do all that last night. We had the ice tub, cold tub, got massages, woke up this morning and it's all about the game tape for the Texans."
Bowen's Analysis: The physical preparation for Redding began on Sunday night with a stop to get some ice bags for a late night tub session. Listening to players on Monday and it's clear that the mental grind is a major hurdle this week.
Monday and Tuesday are typically very light days for the Colts but this week that's where all the game plan installation takes place. From a players standpoint, getting a head start on film work on Sunday evening or early Monday was vital facing a divisional team with a new coaching staff.
Jonotthan Harrison getting his first NFL start at center on Sunday:
"It was really exciting. I was truly blessed to have that opportunity.
"Although I did play in the preseason games, this was my first in-season NFL game, and real excited. Of course I had a couple mess ups, but that's always something I can work on throughout the week."
Bowen's Analysis: Harrison played all 82 snaps in his NFL starting debut. Aside from a few mental errors, it was a relatively solid performance from the Colts new starting center.
Ever since the start of rookie minicamp, the Colts staff has praised Harrison. He was a three-year starter at the University of Florida and has looked like anything but an undrafted free agent. It remains to be seen how the Colts handle the center position going forward, but for Harrison facing an impressive Ravens interior, the rookie held up physically in his first NFL start.
Here is the injury report for Monday:
-DNP- Darius Butler (ankle), Arthur Jones (ankle), Jack Mewhort (ankle) and Bjoern Werner (ankle).
-Pagano said Werner came in with a swollen ankle on Monday but the head coach doesn't anticipate him missing Thursday night.
-LIMITED- Hugh Thornton (back)
-As far as Thornton, Pagano said the right guard took a majority of the snaps on Monday after he returned to game on Sunday. Thornton missed the Titans game the previous week.