INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will hit the practice field a little earlier today in an effort to have players and coaches spend time with their families on Thanksgiving. Today's news looks at Josh McNary, the implications of Sunday's game and the Titans trying to stop Donald Brown.
Take a look below at the top pieces fromThursday, November 28th.Colts' McNary prepares for unlikely NFL debutBy: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
With a move to the active roster earlier this week, Army product Josh McNary could run out on an NFL football field for the first time this weekend.
On Sunday, McNary expects to return to the gridiron to make his NFL debut with the Indianapolis Colts.
"It feels good," the inside linebacker said Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. "The same thing has been running through my mind, just the fact I haven't really been able to go after somebody or have somebody go after me at game speed. That just adds on to the excitement I'm feeling."
McNary was a defensive end in college, and it was widely assumed when he signed with Indianapolis this spring he'd be used as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. But he did most of his work in training camp on the inside.
He suffered a hamstring injury a week and a half into camp and missed the rest of the preseason. The Colts kept him on the eight-man practice squad, but it took some time for McNary to get back into game shape.
"I was sidelined seven weeks and had to build myself back up," he said. "I had to get back into football shape after the injury. That really took about three weeks."
Colts seek to right ship against TitansBy: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune
There's no need to inform Colts coach Chuck Pagano of the implications that Sunday's game holds for the AFC South.
"We're in the same position as we were the last time we played [Tennessee]," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday. "[We're] coming off getting our butts kicked [to the Cardinals] and we rebounded with a road win. The only difference this time is that it's a home game."
Two weeks ago, Indianapolis went to Nashville's LP Field after dropping a 38-8 home game to St. Louis. The Colts fell behind Tennessee early, trailing 17-6 at halftime, before rallying in the second half in a 30-27 victory.
This time, there's another distraction. Colts owner Jim Irsay offered up several tweets Tuesday in which he challenged his team to do better.
Pagano understands Irsay's passion. He also knows just how big Sunday's game means in regards to his team's postseason plans.
"We know the magnitude as coaches and players," he said. "We understand what the expectations are. … As players, they understand it. We've got a job to do and we're going to work to get that job done. This team and this [coaching] staff has done a great job [of] keeping the blinders on and staying focused."
Can Titans stop Donald Brown?By: John Glennon, The Tennessean
In Donald Brown's five NFL seasons, the speedy running back has had some of his most productive games against the Tennessee Titans.
Brown has averaged 107 yards in his last three games against the Titans.
But some other stats give an even better example of how Brown has taken things to a higher level against Tennessee:
—In seven games against the Titans, Brown has averaged 5.42 yards per carry and 60 yards per game.
—In 61 games against all NFL teams (including the Titans), Brown has averaged 4.28 yards per carry and 38 yards per game.
"He's been playing at a high level this entire season," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "When he's been coming into ballgames, he's been productive in every game. I know the last game got out of hand and we weren't able to get him the touches he normally gets, but certainly we're well aware of what he's been doing over the course of the season, and we'll try to take advantage of the level of play he's given us this year, and try to give him opportunities to make plays."