INDIANAPOLIS – Pity to the person who had to inform Frank Gore that he would not be receiving his normal workload this Training Camp.
That person likely was Chuck Pagano.
With an ankle injury for Gore the reason, Pagano knew the smart thing for the 34-year-old runner was to have a scaled back Training Camp from a reps' standpoint.
"You always have to reign him in," Pagano says of Gore. "He's a passionate, passionate guy."
Gore is practicing right now, but Robert Turbin and even a few of the younger Colts' running backs are seeing ample first-team work with the future Hall of Fame running back prepping for the regular season opener.
When pressed about his more limited camp work, Gore was not cracking a bunch of smiles in lamenting the missed practice time.
"I feel good, I just have to listen to my coaches and take it one day at a time," Gore said. "If they want me to build up until Week One then that's what I'm going to do."
For most 34-year-olds in the NFL, veteran rest days are somewhat frequent during camp.
But not Gore.
He is a major proponent of practice time, leading to him playing in 92 straight games, a streak that dwarfs any other current NFL running back.
If Gore starts 16 games this season, he will become the first running back in league history to accomplish that feat at the age of 34 or older.
While Gore might argue otherwise, him being brought along at a slower pace right now offers some benefits to the Colts.
The staff can evaluate a running back group with a backup (Turbin) having the potential for extra playing time in 2017 and a group of younger ball carries that offer more of a speed element.
Nevertheless, even if Gore knows the rest will do him well, he still is one antsy spectator when he reaches his daily pitch count.
"It's tough, but I've got to be smart," Gore says. "Whenever I get an opportunity to go compete, I've got to go 110 percent and that's what I've got to do. I've got to be smart and listen to my coaches."
Colts Training Camp 2017 - DAY TWO - PRACTICE
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