Colts Get Two Starters Back To Practice, Dwayne Allen Likely To Miss Regular Season Finale

Intro: The Colts were once again on the practice field Wednesday with this week’s off day coming on Thursday for Christmas. What did the Wednesday injury report look like after two practices this week?





INDIANAPOLIS – Some Christmas tunes were the songs of choice during the Colts stretching portion of practice on Wednesday.

The Colts now have two days of practice in the books and will take Thursday off for Christmas, before returning to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Friday.

Here are some headlines from coordinators Pep Hamilton and Greg Manusky, along with Adam Vinatieri, talking to the media on Wednesday afternoon:

Pep Hamilton on the run game:

"We got to work at it.

"We've got to try and improve it and I've got to find schemes that have a chance."

Bowen's Analysis:* *Hamilton said that in the past few weeks the Colts have tried to make a "conscious" effort to run the football lately and that was evident Sunday with three straight runs to start the game.

The Colts offensive coordinator brought up the risk/reward element once again when talking about the run game. This Colts team is trying to protect the football better and a consistent rushing attack would alleviate some of those chances leading to turnovers. The Titans run defense is one of the worst in the league. Couple that with a healthier Colts offensive line and that could add up to a nice afternoon in the run department to close out 2014.

Greg Manusky on guys making the Pro Bowl:

"It's a prize, them competing, playing hard, down after down after down."

Bowen's Analysis: The Colts defensive coordinator will see Vontae Davis head to his first ever Pro Bowl. Davis has been invaluable to the Colts defense this season and becomes the first Colts cornerback since 1968 (Bobby Boyd) to receive such a nomination.

Manusky also has a pair of alternates for this year's Pro Bowl in newcomers D'Qwell Jackson and Mike Adams. A strong case definitely could have been made for Adams, who has a league-best seven takeaways. However, the safety position is really deep in this year's group.

Adam Vinatieri on having Christmas off:

"This will be fun and this is great to be able to sleep in a little bit, go to church, open gifts with the kids and all that stuff, so this will be a good situation."

Bowen's Analysis: Christmas time for Adam Vinatieri also marks just a few days before the oldest player in the NFL celebrates another birthday. Vinatieri will turn 42 on Sunday and he has to go back to his rookie season of 1996 to remember the last time he had Christmas off.

That year's reason though is more telling of just how long the 19-year veteran has played in the league. Back in 1996, the NFL regular season ended on December 21 and with the Patriots clinching a bye in the playoffs, Vinatieri and his teammates were given Christmas off. Chuck Pagano proposed this schedule to veterans and the players obviously accepted it. The Colts will get back to practice on Friday and wrap up their on-the-field in the morning for their regular season finale.INJURY NOTES

Here's the injury report from Wednesday's practice:

-DNP- Dwayne Allen (knee), Gosder Cherilus (groin), Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) and Bjoern Werner (shoulder).

-That's four Colts starters who missed practice on Wednesday. Chuck Pagano told the Tennessee media today that Allen "most likely" will not play this weekend.

-LIMITED- T.Y. Hilton (hamstring), Cory Redding (knee), Joe Reitz (ankle), Hugh Thornton (knee) and Erik Walden (knee).

-Hilton, Reitz and Thornton all return to practice after missing last week's game. With all the injuries on the right side of the line, the return of Reitz and Thornton come at a nice time.

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