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Wednesday, August 22, is the Colts’ second day of training camp back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The team held a morning walk-through and an afternoon practice.





INDIANAPOLIS – Not often during the preseason does a game receive as much attention as Saturday afternoon's Colts-Redskins match is garnering.

The match-up of the top two picks in the NFL Draft has brought out a commemorative t-shirt being sold in the Washington D.C. area.

However, that hype is not affecting anyone in the Colts' locker room this week as the task of stopping Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the main focus.

"It'll be a great test for us because obviously, (Griffin's) a great athlete, great athleticism, can throw it, can beat you with his legs, can extend plays," Head Coach Chuck Pagano said.  "They've got great skill, they've got great runners, they've got great speed at the wide out.  It'll be a great test across the board for us."

Griffin III has only attempted 14 passes in the Redskins' (1-1) first two preseason games, but he is expected to see more action on Saturday.

The defensive unit that will be called upon to stop the No. 2 pick in this April's NFL Draft added a member to its secondary late Tuesday evening.

The Colts acquired cornerback Josh Gordy from the St. Louis Rams for an undisclosed draft pick.

Gordy had four tackles against the Colts in week one of the preseason and started nine games for the Rams last season.

"System-wise coming from where (Gordy) came from, he will know some of the terminology some of the calls, especially on third down, some of the pressures that we run, it's similar things to him," Pagano said.  "Josh is a bright guy.  We'll get him up to speed as fast as possible, get him out there, take a good look at him."

On the other side of the ball, the offense will add another skill position player as wide receiver Donnie Avery is expected to make his debut in a Colts uniform.

At times, the receiver position has looked extremely young this preseason but quarterback Andrew Luck was quick to point out the veteran leadership, which has helped his receiving targets.

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"I think we are very lucky in that we have Reggie (Wayne) and (Austin) Collie to sort of set the standard with their professionalism and how they work, and Donnie (Avery) as well," Luck said. "We're (the offense) coming day-by-day, and I think it's been a lot of fun to be with those young guys and sort of grow together."

The third preseason game is usually a strong indicator of how most teams will treat a regular season game.  Meetings leading up to the game and increased playing time for starters mean more of a concentration mode during week three of the preseason.

One player that has not seen a ton of playing time during the preseason but is expected to play more on Saturday is outside linebacker Dwight Freeney.

For the better part of his 11-year career, Freeney has been in the face of quarterbacks young and old, fast and slow.

Freeney admitted he has his sights set on trying to sack another rookie quarterback and despite the game not officially counting in the standings, the 32-year old Pro Bowler does not waste these opportunities.

"If I'm dressing up and I got my pads on, I want to play," Freeney said.  "I'm really looking forward to playing a whole half or whatever else I play and give it my all."

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Tight end Dwayne Allen on if his infectious personality and smile carries over to the football field:

"I love it (playing football).  I love it.  Someone once told me when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and that's exactly how I feel.  I've been playing football since high school and it doesn't feel like a job even though I'm getting paid to do it."


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Head Coach Chuck Pagano on what he expects from the team this week:

"You know, get better.  Take the next step.  We try to go out each and every day, each and every game, to get better.  Our expectations never change.  We go into every ballgame – preseason, regular season, it doesn't matter – expecting to win and expecting to play well.  That's what we as a coaching staff expect from our players, and that's what our players expect from themselves and their teammates."


Wednesday's Trivia Question:  Who holds the Colts record for longest fumble return for a touchdown in team history?


CBS Sports was at the Colts complex on Wednesday to shoot promotional clips for games this fall.


The Colts had a second straight two-a-day on Wednesday.  Thursday's schedule calls for a morning practice at 11:00 a.m. before a final walk-through Friday morning. The Colts then will depart for Washington D.C. on Friday afternoon.


Temperatures rose into the mid-80s in Indianapolis on Wednesday as sunny skies once again greeted the players.  Saturday's forecast in the nation's capital looks to be gorgeous with temperatures in the high-80s and sunny skies expected for the 4:00 p.m. kickoff.


Wednesday's Trivia Question:  Who holds the Colts record for longest fumble return for a touchdown in team history?

Answer:  Colts defensive Chukie Nwokorie returned a fumble 95 yards for a touchdown on September 9, 2001, against the New York Jets.  His fumble return is 24 yards longer than number two on the list.

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