INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts got off to another rough start on Sunday and no comeback was in order as the team dropped a 40-11 contest to the Arizona Cardinals. Today's news looks at the state of the Colts, the injuries piling up and the silent locker room.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromMonday, November 25th.**Colts, Cardinals head in different directions**By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder takes a look at the Colts and Cardinals who both stated Sunday was a "playoff" game.
The Cardinals destroyed the Colts 40-11 on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona playing the way a team seeking a playoff berth should. They were aggressive on offense, pushing the ball down the field with abandon to playmaking receivers. On defense, they relentlessly pursued quarterback Andrew Luck and blanketed his would-be targets with suffocating coverage. Their dominance covered all four quarters and every facet of the game.
And, what about the Colts? They played another clunker, unable to generate any consistent offense, unable to protect their quarterback, unable to run the ball, unable to defend deep balls, unable to pose so much as a threat to the Cardinals.
"We have to come in and work and do whatever we can, find any way possible to get a win right now," defensive end Cory Redding said. "We never gave ourselves a chance from the kickoff on. That's what it was. We have to be honest with ourselves."
**Colts notes: Injuries out-number excuses**By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The walking wounded for the Colts is continuing to pile up with the team about to hit the final month of the season.
A team with five starters on the season-ending injured reserve list and two others back home in Indianapolis with injuries lost cornerback Vontae Davis when he hurt his groin in the third quarter and wide receiver LaVon Brazill to a back contusion in the fourth quarter.
And that doesn't include wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who undoubtedly caused the Colts' fan base to hold its collective breath in the second quarter when he remained prone on the field for several seconds after diving for a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck.
Hilton returned. Davis and Brazill did not.
The Colts, hammered by the Arizona Cardinals 40-11, shrugged them off.
"Nah," Luck replied when asked if the injuries are taking a toll. "It's not that you can't, you don't.
"It's not an issue. It's part of football. We'll never use that as an excuse."
The Colts have lost wideout Reggie Wayne (knee), tight end Dwayne Allen (hip), guard Donald Thomas (quad) and running backs Vick Ballard (knee) and Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) for the season. Cornerback Greg Toler (groin) has missed the past four games and fullback Stanley Havili missed the Cardinals game with a concussion.
Toler might return for Sunday's game against Tennessee at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The team did not elaborate on Davis' groin injury, but Davis expressed concern on its severity.
**Colts need to do some soul searching**By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
Wells takes a look the very quiet Colts locker room following the team's 40-11 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.
"Yeah, it stinks," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "It's a tough pill to swallow for anybody when you get beat like this. We have to worry about us and get things fixed on our end."
Several Colts said they're not concerned about how things have gone recently. They should be concerned because things aren't going to drastically turn around for them.
The mood inside the locker room said it all.
Players weren't sitting around talking to each other at their lockers. It was near silence as they quickly dressed to head to the bus for their flight home. The normally media-friendly Robert Mathis left without talking to reporters. His frustration was evident late in the first half when he threw his hands up in disgust after Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald's 16-yard catch on third down extended the drive for them.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw around the word "stink" in some form six times during his postgame news conference the same way Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw the ball around the field on Indianapolis' defense.
"It stinks," Luck said. "It's frustrating, but we realize the onus is on us to get it fixed. It's on the players to do our job. I have to do my job better if we are going to have a chance to win consistently."