ANDERSON – Colts headquarters were back in Anderson on Saturday with the team wrapping up their 2014 Training Camp over the next five days.
The team took the practice field on Saturday for a normal afternoon practice session in shoulder pads and helmets.
Here are three takeaways from Saturday's practice
- Donning shoulder pads and shorts, the Colts were back on the Anderson practice fields on Saturday afternoon. With Khaled Holmes out a couple of weeks due to a left ankle sprain, it was undrafted center Jonotthan Harrison starting with the first unit. Rookie Jack Mewhort also saw some time at center, snapping to Andrew Luck.
We saw a lot of mixed personnel groups today with quarterbacks working behind different lines and 1s going up against 2s. Both LaRon Landry and Vontae Davis practiced and the safety position saw a new face run consistently with the first unit. Colt Anderson, who has six career NFL starts in four seasons, got some first team action and recorded an interception on the afternoon.
- The major news coming out of Saturday's practice was saved for after the final horn. That's when Chuck Pagano met the media and went down the injury list:
-Khaled Holmes (ankle): Going to be out a couple of weeks. Pagano is optimistic he will be ready for the regular season opener.
-Ulrick John (leg): Doctors are still looking at the MRI and deciding the course of action.
-Jeris Pendleton (knee): MRI showed an ACL tear. He's on injured reserve.
-Daniel Adongo (bicep): Ruptured left bicep. He's on injured reserve.
-Xavier Nixon (knee): Had a knee scope on Friday. He's expected to miss three weeks.
- Dwayne Allen had a perfect excuse for missing the warm-up portion of the Colts afternoon practice on Saturday. Flight delays from his college graduation kept Allen arriving just a few minutes late for the Colts first practice back in Anderson.
It has been a whirlwind weekend for Allen. After playing in the Colts preseason opener on Thursday night, he flew out of the Newark Airport at 5 a.m. Friday morning for his graduation at Clemson. He walked on Friday to become the first member of his seven siblings to earn a college degree (Allen is the youngest of seven). A flight for early Friday evening got delayed five hours. Chuck Pagano fully understood the circumstances and welcomed Allen back on Saturday afternoon.
INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES
The following players did not participate in Saturday's practice: Khaled Holmes (ankle), Xavier Nixon (knee), Josh McNary, Andrew Jackson (hamstring), Ulrick John (leg), Delano Howell (left practice) and Jerrell Freeman (wrap on his left arm).
Chuck Pagano on Dwayne Allen graduating from college on Friday:
"No brainer when it came to that. Talking to Dwayne, he's the first one in his family to graduate, to get a college degree. On an off day, after the game, to be able to send him home, have the opportunity to walk with your classmates, and do that in front of your family, obviously we are very, very proud of him. We are proud of him going back and getting that degree and I think everybody should have the opportunity to do that. It worked out with our schedule just fine."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Henoc Muamba on knowing he could play in this league after his team-leading 11 tackles on Thursday night:
"I consider myself a pretty confident guy in terms of the skills that I have. It's just a matter of hard work. Since I came here, it's such a difference with the game of football and that's what I know. I've made so many strides from the first day of OTAs and having to read a different offense the way I do now. It's huge. I like the way that things are going right now and I'm excited to continue to learn more."
PLAYER TWEET OF THE DAY
YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ
Adam Vinatieri has played in 26 career playoff games, tying the NFL's third-most ever. Name the two players with more career playoff games than Vinatieri.
ANSWER: Jerry Rice played in 29 playoff games, while D.D. Lewis played in 27.
TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ
Adam Vinatieri nailed 35 field goals in 2013, joining three other Colts kickers with 30-plus in a season. Name the others, plus name two of those three who did it on multiple occasions. See the next Colts Camp Notebook for the answer.
SPOTTED IN CAMP
The national media train was not represented in camp on Saturday but a fan favorite was in Anderson. Colts all-time leading rusher Edgerrin James brought his family to Anderson on Saturday and will also be here on Sunday afternoon. Look for more from Edge later tonight on Colts.com
PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 1,863. TOTAL FOR CAMP: 30,749
It was a gorgeous afternoon in Anderson as the Colts returned for the final stretch of camp. Sunny skies greeted players and fans with temps in the 80s on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Colts were back in Anderson and returned to their normal afternoon practice schedule. The schedule will remain the same for the next four days with open practices scheduled from 1:50 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.