INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will hit the practice field this afternoon in preparation for the Titans. Today's news looks at the Colts 500th game in Indianapolis, the small margin of error for the Colts and the Titans adding veteran Leon Washington.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromWednesday, November 27th.**Indy 500th: Top moments from 30 years of Colts**By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Sunday marks the 500th game in Indianapolis for the Colts and Chappell looks at 10 of the top moments in the Indy era.
The Colts took their first step as an Indianapolis-based NFL franchise Sept. 2, 1984. Game 1 was a 23-14 loss to the New York Jets in the Hoosier Dome.
No. 500 (counting regular season and playoff games) comes Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium when the Tennessee Titans visit.
The three-decade journey to the franchise milestone has run the gamut. There was the 1-15 finish in 1991 and a win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI after the '06 season. There was a revolving door at quarterback — 16 different starters from 1984-97 — before the arrival of Peyton Manning in 1998, who was succeeded by Andrew Luck in 2012.
**Colts go from little wiggle room to none**By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
With a multitude of injuries, Wells looks at the small margin of error for the Colts with the month of December approaching.
They're not good enough to fall behind and think they can suddenly turn it on in the second half. Quarterback Andrew Luck is good, but he doesn't have the offensive personnel around him to come from behind each week. The running game, partially because of falling behind early and lack of production, continues to be inconsistent. The same goes for the offensive line.
Linebacker Jerrell Freeman and the Colts defense have slipped to No. 27 in the NFL against the run.
The defense, well, it continues to take gigantic steps back every week. The Colts can't stop the run, and quarterbacks have plenty of time in the pocket to pick them apart. The Colts are ranked 23rd in the league defensively overall -- 19th against the pass and 27th against the run. "The margin for error is small right now," coach Chuck Pagano said. "And I think it's regardless. Everybody we play is good, you know that. Every team that you play is good, they all got great players and so forth, so the margin for error is minute. But that doesn't mean that we're going to go out there and play cautious and those type of things. I think we just got to get back to playing football and playing better fundamentals and techniques and doing the things that we did early in the season, doing the things that we did to beat the football teams that we beat early in the season, the teams like Denver and Seattle and San Fran and those type of things."
**Tennessee Titans sign running back/return man Leon Washington**By: John Glennon, The Tennessean
The Colts will face a veteran kick returner on Sunday with the Titans signing Leon Washington on Tuesday.
Washington, who worked out for the Titans on Tuesday, will replace Devon Wylie as the return man. The Titans waived Wylie on Tuesday, along with center Kevin Matthews.
An eight-year veteran who has also played for the Jets and Seahawks, Washington played just two games for the Patriots.
In his career, Washington has returned 245 kicks for a 25.9-yard average and eight touchdowns. He returned three kicks for touchdowns in both 2007 and 2010.
He has returned 168 punts for a 9.9-yard average and zero touchdowns.