INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts held their first post-training camp practice back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Center on Tuesday. What all did we learn on the day?
After about three weeks — and 16 total sessions — worth of training camp practices at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind., the Colts today were back at their West 56th Street headquarters putting in preparations for Saturday’s third preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
One major factor to keep in mind: now that training camp is over, the media goes back to its regular-season practice viewing schedule, meaning reporters are mostly limited to seeing team stretching and the first few minutes of individual and positional drills.
Since it’s not yet officially the regular season, though, there is no official injury report.
Among those not seen participating in the early portion of Tuesday’s fully-padded practice: kicker Adam Vinatieri (knee), quarterback Andrew Luck (ankle), wide receiver Parris Campbell (hamstring), running back Jordan Wilkins (foot), running back Jonathan Williams (chest), linebacker Matthew Adams (injury not disclosed) and defensive end Jabaal Sheard (knee).
Head coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that Luck, who missed the last 12 training camp practices, will not practice this week.
For Hart, it’s the undrafted rookie’s first on-field action since suffering a hamstring injury and missing the final 14 training camp practices and the Colts’ first two preseason games.
Among others who were back at practice Tuesday after missing Saturday’s second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns: cornerback Isaiah Langley, defensive tackle/end Tyquan Lewis and guard Quenton Nelson.
Special teams notes
The open portion of Tuesday’s practice included a brief special teams period, featuring field goals and kickoffs.
A couple notes on the field goal unit: wide receiver Zach Pascal was working in some reps as a holder, while center/guard Evan Boehm got some work at long snapper.
Running back Nyheim Hines, meanwhile, got a majority of the reps at kick returner, followed by wide receivers Ashton Dulin, Pascal and Deon Cain. Pascal, tight end Ross Travis, tight end Mo Alie-Cox, wide receiver Marcus Johnson, tight end Hale Hentges and Dulin all got work as upbacks.
Latest on Wilkins, Campbell, Sheard
Two offensive players continue to work their way back from lower-body injuries.
Another key defensive player continues to make progress.
Running back Jordan Wilkins, who missed the last six training camp practices with a foot injury, is still “week-to-week,” according to Reich.
Reich added there’s “still a chance” Wilkins could be ready for Week 1.
Rookie wide receiver Parris Campbell, meanwhile, missed the last 12 training camp practices with a hamstring injury, but seems to be making progress of late, Reich said.
“If you’re checking off steps, he checked off another step yesterday,” said Reich, though he’s “probably not ready” to say whether Campbell would return to practice this week.
Defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who underwent a minor knee procedure about halfway through camp, is “making good progress,” according to Reich, though he said it’s too early yet to make any sort of decision about Sheard’s availability for the start of the regular season.
Running back additions
With Williams going down with a chest injury against the Browns, Wilkins not yet ready to return and with the team placing D’Onta Foreman on injured reserve on Monday, the Colts have made a few additions at the running back position to keep the team stocked through the end of the preseason.
The team on Monday signed veteran Charcandrick West and undrafted free agent Marquis Young, who participated in the Colts’ 2019 rookie minicamp on a tryout basis earlier this year.
On Tuesday, the Colts signed rookie running back James Williams.
Reich said it was “really necessary to bring in” those three backs, who will help supplement what the team already had in Marlon Mack, Hines and Aca’Cedric Ware.
“We need to get that position right,” Reich said. “We need to have some guys, have some depth to and see how things are going to unfold with other injures … and make sure that we’re ready to go.”