Fifth-year veteran defensive back Kelvin Hayden will blog on bi-weekly throughout the season. In this installment, Hayden discusses his return to the field and the defense's recent play.


Colts DB Kelvin Hayden Blog-December 4

It's been tough sitting on the sidelines, week-in and week-out, but the positive thing about it is, things can always be worse. I'm always down on myself, especially when you get hurt and can't be there to help the team. But when you see guys like Marlin and Bob go down with injuries that end their season, it puts it in perspective. I wish the best for those guys, and it's taught me that I have to remain positive and continue to work hard. It's definitely going to be nice being back on the field. When you sit out for awhile, you tend to get a few jitters. I'm just really excited to get those jitters, and having them again will mean that it's gameday and you're going to be out there flying around and having fun. I'm just happy that I am back and have a chance to compete again, especially in December when things are so important and you're getting ready for the playoff run. They say the season goes on, with or without you, and I'm just glad I am able to get a chance to get back out there and play.

Watching our defense, I think the guys have been playing well, not just lately but the whole season. We've had some tough ballgames where we've had to respond, and I think we've responded well. You could say it's been a defensive month for us. We have played well, we've responded to the challenges, and I think we're continuing to improve each week, which is the most important thing this time of season.

To see a guy that stands out on a defense, like Robert Mathis becoming Defensive Player-of-the-Month, it's always nice to get a little recognition. He's one of those guys that is not going to give you all the hoopla and stuff like that. He's one of those guys that is going to lead by example, and that's what you really, really want. You want a guy who's just going to go out there and do his job and do his job well. That's one thing about Robert, he's not looking for any praise or attention. He's just looking to go out there and do his job and be effective, and that's what he's continued to do. That's what he's always been.

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