ANDERSON – The Colts were back outside in Anderson on Friday afternoon practicing
in Macholtz Stadium, completing their final set of two-a-day for the week.
Friday's practice was in shells as the Colts are now just two days away from their preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams.
It was another efficient afternoon for the Colts' offense even with a breezy afternoon.
"We had a good day out here. We took the pads off them, today was more mental," Head Coach Chuck Pagano said. "We put the offense in some tough situations and they responded throwing against the wind. We felt like we got done what we needed to get done today."
Despite throwing against that wind, quarterback Andrew Luck threw the ball effectively with a pair of long touchdown passes to wide receivers Reggie Wayne and LaVon Brazill.
Fellow quarterback Chandler Harnish had another impressive afternoon including leading a two-minute touchdown drive during some situational drills at practice.
Cornerbacks Cameron Chism and Chris Rucker each had an interception during 11-on-11 drills.
Defensive end Cory Redding did not practice after injuring his elbow on Thursday and it is still up in the air whether he will play on Sunday.
"Right now it's probably a game time decision," Pagano said on Redding. "The results came back positive (no structural damage) on the elbow. We held him out again today and we'll wait and see how he feels tomorrow and then make a game time decision on him."
Trying to fit a 90-man roster into four quarters of playing time is not an easy task, but Pagano said his staff has a plan in place to see as many faces they need.
"We'll monitor the veteran guys…they won't be out there very long," Pagano said. "Having the youth that we have out here, we know what (the veteran) guys can do, but we got to find out about all those other guys."
Expectations for Sunday's game tend to differ for each player but for offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo it's pretty simple---protect No. 12.
"I want to keep (quarterback) Andrew Luck upright and have him feeling confident after the first game that he can feel comfortable back there," Castonzo said.
The Colts will have one final walk-through tomorrow morning before heading to Indianapolis in preparation for Sunday's preseason opener.
It's been almost two weeks since the Colts reported to Anderson for training camp and their coach says they are more than ready to play against someone other than themselves.
"I just told our team, this is our 21st practice. We are tired of banging on each other. We are ready to go play a game."
Fighting a stiff breeze all day, the passing game held its own on Friday afternoon. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne made a nifty grab off a tipped pass from cornerback D.J. Johnson and took it in for a touchdown. Along with the touchdown to Wayne, Luck also found wide receiver LaVon Brazill for a deep score. Cornerbacks Cameron Chism and Chris Rucker each had an interception on the afternoon.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney on whether this preseason is more important than in previous seasons:
"Not any more important, because all of them were very important. It didn't matter what year, what we did last year, it didn't matter. We're always looking ahead and looking to build this team that we are now, so this year is the same approach. We want to go out there and put on a great show, great game. You want to go out there and perfect your techniques and the things that you've been taught. We just hope that everything works out the best way."* *
COACH PAGANO SAYS
Coach Chuck Pagano on how many snaps he expects Luck to play on Sunday:
"We're probably looking with Andrew, if we could get two, three series and get 18-to-20-to-25 snaps, somewhere in there. That would probably be a great start for him there."
Friday's Trivia Question: What current Colts player has played the second-most playoff games in franchise history with 18?
WHO'S COVERING THE COLTS
Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole was in Anderson on Friday to watch the Colts practice.
The Colts held a two-a-day practice on Friday with final preparations coming tomorrow before the preseason opener on Sunday against the Rams. After an off day on Monday, training camp in Anderson resumes on Tuesday for the final four days of camp.
After stormy weather the last two days, skies cleared and cooler temperatures greeted the Colts on Friday.
Friday's Trivia Question: What current Colts player has played the second most playoff games in franchise history with 18?
Answer: Colts long snapper Justin Snow has played in 18 playoff games dating back to 2000. He is one behind Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday for the most in franchise history. Other current Colts players that have played in at least 10 playoff games include Robert Mathis (15), Dwight Freeney (16) and Reggie Wayne (17).