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Fifth-year veteran defensive back Kelvin Hayden will blog on bi-weekly throughout the season. In this installment, Hayden discusses being back on the field, the team's next-game approach and finally being back at home.


Colts DB Kelvin Hayden Blog-October 30

It felt good being back on the field last week at St. Louis, even though the first couple of drives I did feel kind of nervous, just the little jitters of not being in there for a while. Getting back is always good, and to get an interception and have an impact on the game made it even better, letting you know that while you had to sit out and weren't out there practicing, still keeping with the mental part of the game was beneficial; just letting me know the work I put in off the field helped for when I came back.

It's tough being out because you want to be out there with those guys. You put in so much work, and even though it's tough when you're out, it makes it much better when the team is winning. You don't think of it like you have to rush yourself back because the team is not doing well, and you have to be one of those pieces to get back on a roll. Those guys had my back when I was out, and they gave me a chance to heal up.

It's good to be home, three weeks straight. That's something that I've never experienced. It's going to be good knowing that you don't have to sleep elsewhere or get sleep on a plane or get back at 4 a.m. And it's always good playing in front of the home fans, coming out of that tunnel and seeing all that blue.

I've mentioned before about getting off to a good start and how important that is. We've done just that, but the thing I like about our team is that we don't make more out of it than it is. This week, this Sunday, it's San Francisco. We take it game by game, week by week. We're not looking down the road, because when you do, that's when it happens. 'Any Given Sunday' is the motto that we live by. The day you don't come to play is the day you lose. Six-and-0 doesn't mean anything. What matters is when January comes around, and getting better each week until we reach that point. We just want to continue to grow as a team, continue to get better and have fun doing it. When you have fun doing what you do, it makes things that much better.

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