ANDERSON – As with most mornings at Training Camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.
The on-the-field work will come this afternoon but around lunchtime each day, Colts.com will take a look at three interesting quotes from that morning's media sessions.
In today's media scrums, Chuck Pagano provided some injury updates on Vick Ballard and Ben Heenan. Also, Andre Johnson talked about his first Training Camp with the Colts.
Chuck Pagano on running back Vick Ballard:
"He's day-to-day with a hamstring (injury)."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Ballard has been present during the Colts walk-throughs since his Tuesday injury. It's just mental reps though for Ballard as he nurses a hamstring injury that tightened up during individual drills on Tuesday.
Ballard made it clear on Friday that this injury is obviously nowhere near as difficult as his past setbacks. It is key though for Ballard to get on the field at some point this preseason (he was taking part in some team drills on Monday), certainly for him physically, but also for the Colts to evaluate just how healthy the fourth-year running back is in a contract year.
Chuck Pagano on offensive guard Ben Heenan:
"He's got a meniscus tear that will require surgery. We are looking at probably four-to-six weeks on him."
Bowen's Analysis: Hennan, the former Canadian Football League product, was carted off the field during Wednesday's night practice.
Pagano provided the update on Friday morning with Heenan likely out for the rest of the preseason, and part of the regular season. The Colts signed Heenan, a former No. 1 overall pick in the CFL, back in February. Pagano said on Friday that the staff liked the toughness of Heenan and the offensive guard is someone they would like to develop post-injury.
Andre Johnson on where he fits into the Colts offense and how he's liking a change of scenery:
"I feel a lot more comfortable than in OTAs.
"It's fun. After practice, I've been over to sign autographs for the fans a few times and they've been very welcoming. A lot of them are telling me, they're glad that I'm here and that they don't have to go against me anymore. That makes you appreciate it and feel at home. I'm just excited about this opportunity."
Bowen's Analysis: The Colts are moving Johnson all over their offensive sets, something he didn't do a lot in Houston. A slot matchup of the 6-3, 230-pound Johnson against a normal nickel cornerback in the NFL, should definitely be in the Colts favor.
Johnson might not be boisterous with his words but Colts fans have seen that switch turn quickly once the ball is snapped. As Chuck Pagano said on Friday, there are quite a few "quiet" guys in the Hall of Fame. Johnson has a resume that will warrant discussion in Canton one day.