Colts Close Out Third Quarter of Season with Washington

Intro: The Colts had a “Victory Monday” for the first time since the start of the month on Monday. What did Chuck Pagano have to say to the media in his Monday press conference recap?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (7-4) will close out the third quarter of the season on Sunday afternoon with Washington (3-8) heading to Lucas Oil Stadium.

On the field work for Washington will start on Wednesday for the Colts as they maintain their normal practice schedule this week.

Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano meeting the media on Monday afternoon:

Injury Notes:

-Dwayne Allen: Pagano said Allen is still day-to-day with a sprained ankle but is trending in the right direction.

-Gosder Cherilus: Pagano said it looks like the Colts right tackle will be back in the lineup against Washington.

-Loucheiz Purifoy: Is under the concussion protocol. Purifoy had some trouble sleeping on Sunday and was re-evaluated on Monday.

-Andy Studebaker: Is day-to-day with a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the Jaguars game.

-Hugh Thornton: Has an MCL sprain and is being listed as "week-to-week." With Cherilus looking like he should be back against Washington, Pagano mentioned Xavier Nixon, A.Q. Shipley and Joe Reitz as options at right guard. When Thornton went down on Sunday, Nixon first filled in before Shipley replaced him. Reitz was playing right tackle for Cherilus on Sunday.

-Greg Toler: Is finishing up the concussion protocol and Pagano expects Toler back in the lineup this weekend.

Chuck Pagano on looking back on the 2012 draft:

"Obviously coming in as a first timer, having the first pick is always a good thing.

"It was pretty neat going through that process."

Bowen's Analysis: While Pagano didn't want to get into any draft comparisons of Luck/RGIII, Sunday looks like the first matchup between the top two picks from 2012. Washington head coach Jay Gruden said on Monday that the "intent" is for RGIII to start against the Colts.

Both players will inevitably be compared throughout the course of their NFL career and both got off to a tremendous start in 2012 with playoff seasons. An ACL injury to end 2012 has troubled RGIII ever since. Washington has started three different quarterbacks this season with RGIII throwing just two touchdowns in 119 pass attempts.

Chuck Pagano on what he saw from LaRon Landry:

"He played well. The snaps that he played, he was very productive."

Bowen's Analysis: Landry's defensive snap count grew from 8 to 20 in his second game back from suspension. With five tackles and 1.5 sacks, Landry carried out the hope from Pagano while being effective on special teams, too.

The Colts safeties saw a ton of action yesterday with a banged up cornerback group. With just four dressed corners and Darius Butler/Loucheiz Purifoy leaving the game due to injury, the Colts were pressed for bodies back there. Guys like Landry, Colt Anderson (14 snaps) and Sergio Brown (34) all filled in nicely for a defense that allowed only three points on Sunday.

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