INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will conclude practice for the week today before one final walk-through Friday morning. Today's news looks at Pep Hamilton adapting to a beat up Colts offense, Trent Richardson back in the spotlight and Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe being cleared to play.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromThursday, January 2nd.Pep Hamilton adapts to keep Colts going strongBy: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder looks at the evolution of the Colts offense thanks to Pep Hamilton adjusting to different pieces.
"When I first installed the offense, guys were saying, 'Hey, man, there's a lot of volume here,' " Hamilton told The Indianapolis Star on Wednesday.
"Well, you have to do that. You have to have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D. It has to be a comprehensive attack because this league is a war of attrition. So, that was by design. You never know over the course of the season who is going to be available."
Hamilton didn't know then how prophetic he was. He couldn't anticipate losing his left guard, Donald Thomas. He didn't envision coaching without his top two backs, Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw, or No. 1 tight end Dwayne Allen. And he certainly couldn't picture his offense without ironman receiver Reggie Wayne who, perhaps, is the best thing to ever happen to quarterback Andrew Luck.
"It was like fighting left-handed at times," Hamilton said.
Richardson eager for first playoff gameBy: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
Last year this time, Trent Richardson was in route to Miami to watch Alabama in the National Title.
Safe to say he's much happier to be playing in the postseason this time around.
"I'm not looking towards taking no vacation right now," Richardson said. "I'm looking to playing next week and the week after that and the week after that. That's my plans and that's where my head is at."
Alabama will take on Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday. Richardson, a big supporter of his school, has no interest in attending the game because he's preparing for his first NFL playoff experience.
"To not be in the playoffs, that taste in your mouth is nasty, man, I'll tell you that," he said. "You don't ever want that taste to be planning your trip right now to where you're going to be at right now this time of year. I'm happy to be a Colt. I'm proud to be a Colt."
Dwayne Bowe to play for ChiefsBy: Adam Teicher, ESPN.com
The very healthy Kansas City Chiefs appear to not have many, if any, significant inactives on Saturday.
Dwayne Bowe, the Kansas City Chiefs' leading wide receiver, has been cleared to play in Saturday's AFC wild-card game against the Colts in Indianapolis.
Bowe, who caught 57 passes for 673 yards and five touchdowns this season, did not play in Kansas City's season finale against San Diego on Sunday because of a concussion.
"I'm fine,'' said Bowe, who practiced Tuesday. "I had minor headaches. It was nothing big. The coaches were going to rest me anyway, so I had a good time to rest and recover and be fresh for this game. That was the game plan.
"I didn't feel as bad as other people felt when they had a concussion. I just felt a little tired. There wasn't any dizziness or problems with vomit or none of that stuff. It was mainly just fatigue.''