INDIANAPOLIS – Sunday was a "get right" day for the Colts, with a shorter practice after their night session at Warren Central High School on Saturday.
The Colts will have a mandatory off day on Monday, as they gear up for their preseason opener a week from Sunday.
Here are some thoughts from head coach Chuck Pagano after Sunday's practice.
Chuck Pagano on the severity of defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins' ankle injury:
"Actually, better than I thought. Mild (ankle sprain)."
Bowen's Analysis:* *The scare surrounding Johnathan Hankins' injured ankle has definitely subsided. Chuck Pagano lists the big fella at "day-to-day" as Hankins even did some stationary bike work during Sunday's practice.
With Hankins, who had a boot on his left ankle, missing his first action of camp, it provided the opportunity for T.Y. McGill and newcomer Josh Boyd to earn some extra reps. How the defensive line depth shakes out for the Colts is still very much up in the air with the preseason opener coming in a week. In other injury news, Pagano said Donte Moncrief has a "great chance" to be back to practice on Tuesday.
Chuck Pagano on having quarterback Andrew Luck present for the last two practices:
"It's great having him out there, good for his soul."
Bowen's Analysis: Unlike the first five practices of camp, Andrew Luck has been in attendance each of the last two days. It's an animated Luck watching practice, with his voice clearly heard following a productive play from the offense.
Pagano said after practice that nothing should be read into Luck being at practice the last two days possibly leading to an imminent return. Luck remains on the PUP list. The Colts are five weeks away from their regular season opener.Chuck Pagano on new outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard:
"I wouldn't be surprised to see him have double-digit sacks for us this year."
Bowen's Analysis: Is Sheard the answer to the Colts searching for a dominant individual pass rusher in 2017? Chuck Pagano thinks so. Just two years ago, Sheard had 8.0 sacks in 13 games (1 start) with the Patriots.
Sheard is a quiet guy, but he's been constantly in the ear of Robert Mathis. In coming over to the Colts this offseason, Sheard is trying to learn that Mathis' spin, which wrecked offensive tackles for years in the NFL.
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