Sunday, August 5 is the ninth day of practice for the Colts at Anderson University. The 2012 training camp will run in Anderson until August 17.





ANDERSON – Now the countdown to hitting someone in a different uniform can begin.

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Week one of training camp is in the books after the Colts wrapped up their lone practice on

Sunday in front of 2,000 fans at Anderson University.

"I think they're coming along great.  We have our ups and downs like you always do in camp. You got an injury here or there, but these guys have stayed with it mentally and physically," Head Coach Chuck Pagano said.

"It is the dog days of training camp right now, but they're pushing through it.  We continue to get better every day."

Defensively, cornerback Brandon King had a fine afternoon with two interceptions, including jumping an out pattern late in practice for his second pick.

Fellow cornerback Jerraud Powers also had a nice practice with a pair of pass deflections.

A popular question heading into training camp with the defense was how outside linebackers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis would react to playing more in pass coverage this season.

Mathis has shown signs of answering those questions during the first week of camp and even recorded an interception during one-on-one drills on Sunday.

"Robert is a very athletic guy," linebacker Kavell Conner said.  "He's a Pro Bowl guy and he's a great athlete so we'll definitely be looking for him to contribute as he always does."

Another player on the Colts defense who is dealing with a position change this offseason is nose tackle Antonio Johnson.

'Mookie' as he is commonly called by his teammates, has been a mainstay in the middle of the Colts defensive line for the past four years and that will continue again this season with the move to nose tackle.

"The nose is a big part of the 3-4 defense.  You've got to be stout in the middle, stop the run, do everything in your power to keep the linebackers free.  It's very imperative that we do that," Johnson said.

The highlight of Sunday's practice for the offense came via wide receiver Donnie Avery.

Like he has done routinely during the first week of training camp, Avery got behind the defense and quarterback Drew Stanton found a diving No. 11 in the back of the end zone.

The cheers for Avery's spectacular catch were quickly quieted as he lay on the turf for a few minutes.  Avery would sit out the rest of practice but fortunately his coach said the injury did not appear to be serious.

"The doctors are going to examine.  He'll go in and probably do an MRI or something later on.  I haven't got the full report.  It's nothing major I know that," Pagano said.

Many coaches and players families were in attendance Sunday afternoon to watch the Colts practice in helmets and shorts.

The 'family' theme was carried on throughout the afternoon as quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen offered a prayer to remember Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, who passed away Sunday morning at the team's training camp in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Colts players kneeled at midfield following practice and listened to Christensen's message.

The loss of Garrett hit home for many of those associated with the Colts organization as general manager Ryan Grigson spent the last eight seasons in Philadelphia.  The current Colts roster also has several players and staff members that have recently been with the Eagles organization.

"We got together there and we lost a family member.  We lost a brother," Pagano said.  "We're all together in this thing in the NFL.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Reid family."

"Again, I talk about this all the time about family. We've got to compete against each other week in and week out every Sunday, but at the end of the day when the gun goes off and the game's over, we shake hands. It's about sportsmanship, again, our thoughts and prayers go out to coach Reid and Tammy, and the rest of the Reid family."


Wide receiver Donnie Avery had the highlight touchdown on the afternoon as he dived in the end zone to haul a pass from quarterback Drew Stanton. Tight end Dominique Jones had a pair of highlight reel catches on the afternoon, including juggling one several times during one-on-one receiving drills. Cornerback Brandon King continued his nice training camp with a pair of interceptions on the afternoon.


Nose tackle Antonio 'Mookie' Johnson on if the 3-4 system matches him well:

"It does match me very well because you don't have to be a couch potato in this defense. You can run around and make plays. The emphasis is to keep the linebackers free and make plays. We've got some good, young linebackers. They can come up and hit. Our job up front is to keep those guys free."

Head Coach Chuck Pagano on the progression of his team:

"I think they're coming along great. We have our ups and downs like you always do in camp. You got an injury here or there, but these guys have stayed with it mentally and physically. We're pushing them. We're grinding them. It is the dog days of training camp right now, but they're pushing through it. We continue to get better every day."


Sunday's Trivia Question:  Name the last time the Colts won a game in overtime and who that opponent was.

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky visited Colts practice on Sunday afternoon. Kuharsky is the AFC South blogger for and will take in several more Colts practices over the next few days.


The Colts had just one practice on Sunday as they did not have their normal morning walk-through. The players will be back on a two-a-days schedule for Monday and Tuesday. Monday afternoon's practice from 1:50-4:30 p.m. will be open to the public. The Colts first of two night practices during training camp will come on Tuesday evening from 7-9:10 p.m.


After some early morning rain, the skies cleared in the afternoon for the Colts practice. Temperatures were much cooler on Sunday and that is expected to stay with us for the remainder of the week. Monday's forecast is for a high of 84 degrees and sunny skies all day.


Sunday's Trivia Question: Name the last time the Colts won a game in overtime and who that opponent was.

Answer:  On December 26, 2004, Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt's 30-yard field goal gave Indianapolis a 34-31 win over the San Diego Chargers.

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