INDIANAPOLIS – It's not often to have road fans offer a few cheers for those on the opposite sideline but that will be the case on Sunday, at least during pregame.
Four Colts players will return to Cleveland, a place where they all played major roles for the Browns over the past decade.
Here's a look at the four former Colts and their thoughts about playing in Cleveland this weekend:
Safety Mike Adams
* *-Cleveland Career: 2007-2011. Started all 16 games in 2011 for the Browns.
-Adams' Quote to Note: "You get extra juice when you go back to a place where you left, whether it was good terms or you left on bad terms. You just get that extra juice and are ready to play."
-Outlook: I don't think there's any denying the value of what Adams has meant to the Colts defense this year. He might have been a late free agent signee but he's been a durable, productive presence for the Colts. In Cleveland, Adams was a spot starter from 2008-2010 before becoming a full-time starter in 2011. Adams joined the Jim Rome Show on Wednesday and talked about being a few years removed from Cleveland, therefore his energy on Sunday might not rival that of D'Qwell Jackson or Trent Richardson.
Wide Receiver Josh Cribbs
* *-Cleveland Career: 2005-2012. Named to three Pro Bowls with the Browns and set virtually every franchise record from a returns standpoint.
-Cribbs' Quote to Note: "If I had an opportunity to score (Sunday), I would jump in the Dawg Pound. They made me."
-Outlook: As a player at Kent State, and from a man who made his name with the Browns, Cribbs calls Cleveland home. Hence his quote about jumping into the famed section of Browns fans on Sunday, if he scores. Cribbs was such a dynamic weapon during his time in Cleveland. From a return guy to a true Wildcat threat, Cribbs found a unique niche for Cleveland. Cribbs has shown some of those similar traits in two games with Indianapolis. You get the feeling he's on the verge of breaking one and that would be quite the story if he could do it this weekend in Cleveland.Inside Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson
* *-Cleveland Career: 2006-2013. Was the Browns' second-round pick in 2006 and finished his time in Cleveland with 891 tackles.
-Jackson's Quote to Note: "I know a lot of guys over there. I played with a lot of different guys. I was happy for them and their success this year. (Brian) Hoyer's been playing well enough, and they have a great offense. We definitely have our work cut out. Just like everyone else, we've got a lot of work to do in terms of getting their scheme down and how they're going to attack us."
-Outlook: It's probably a toss up between Jackson and Cribbs for who will get the louder reception from the Browns fans on Sunday. Jackson was beloved during his tenure in Cleveland and one of the most respected players in that locker room. He was a starter from day one and lasted through several coaches and regimes. Jackson made a great point on Wednesday of how different the Browns personnel is from what he saw last year, particularly the offensive skill positions. Running Back Trent Richardson
-Cleveland Career: 2012-2013. Richardson was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft and set a rookie record with 950 rushing yards, while scoring 12 touchdowns in his rookie campaign.
-Richardson's Quote to Note: "It's going to be a big game, and I know it's a big game because it's our next game, but for me, D'Qwell (Jackson), Josh Cribbs and half this coaching staff, it's big to all of us. I don't want to say it's a revenge game, but it's going to be a lot of emotion put into this game."
-Outlook: All eyes will be on Richardson this weekend as he returns to face the team that traded him last season.* *Richardson handled questions from all directions on Wednesday admitting that there is a little more on the line for him heading into Sunday. Richardson says he feels close to 100 percent after suffering a hamstring injury in late October. In the Cincinnati game, when he got injured, Richardson had 14 carries for 77 yards. Can he get back to that level? That's the question on everyone's mind as Richardson takes on the team that drafted him No. 3 overall in 2012.