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Intro: It was a hot and humid afternoon at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center with the Colts hitting the practice field for a two-hour plus practice. Below is a recap of day one’s news and practice before the Colts head down to Lucas Oil Stadium Wednesday afternoon for a practice scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


      INDIANAPOLIS –It wasn't your typical first day of minicamp practice at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

First, it was the arrival of LaRon Landry that brought a considerable crowd around No. 30's locker.

Then, just minutes before minicamp was scheduled to get under way, news broke of the Colts agreeing to terms with two-time Super Bowl running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

All that took place prior to the Colts heading outside to open up the first of three minicamp practices that will span through Thursday.

Here is a rundown of the Tuesday highlights.LARON LANDRY MAKES AN EARLY STATEMENT:All eyes were on No. 30 on Tuesday afternoon when the Colts offense and defense came together for the first 11-on-11 work at minicamp.

Andrew Luck and the offense wasted no time testing the Pro Bowl safety.

On a deep pass intended for wide receiver Darrius-Heyward Bey, there was Landry getting his hand in between the near perfect pass to force an incompletion and ignite the first of many cheers from the defense on Tuesday.

Prior to Tuesday's minicamp practice, Landry spoke with the media about the safety combination that he is ready to form with fellow Pro Bowl veteran Antoine Bethea.

"We have a familiar background with each other and I've been knowing him for a while, so it's like a brotherhood back there already," Landry said of the two working out together in Arizona in past offseasons."

"We know each other, we talk, we communicate, so the chemistry is great. We'll be fine. We'll be perfect back there."

Landry worked out in Arizona this offseason in an effort to fully recover from a season that lasted through the Pro Bowl.

The 2012 season was a 16-game regular season slate for Landry after he missed time in 2010-2011 due to an Achilles injury with the Washington Redskins.

"Coming off that injury, I just wanted to make sure everything was fine," Landry said of the reason for training in Arizona.

"This year I wanted to make sure everything was fine so when I come in right now, I can sustain a full season and everything can be perfect."

Much has been made about the physical stature that Landry packs in his 220-pound frame but the Pro Bowler shied away from talking about his bone-jarring hits.

Instead, he's looking towards the big picture and gave Colts fans a glimpse into what they will see in No. 30 this season.

"I'm going to give 110 percent all the time," he said.

"I'm going to do anything to help my team win. Anything."SUPER BOWL WINNING RUNNING BACK HEADING TO INDY:The last time Ahmad Bradshaw was in Lucas Oil Stadium, the running back had an evening to remembe

He led the New York Giants with 72 rushing yards and scored the game winning touchdown with under a minute to play, helping the Giants capture Super Bowl XLVI.

Come Wednesday, Bradshaw will be donning Colts blue and he will call Lucas Oil Stadium home this season.

The Colts agreed to terms with the 1,000-yard rusher on Tuesday afternoon and head coach Chuck Pagano knows exactly what he will be getting in Bradshaw.

"Any time you can add a guy that's got Super Bowl rings and understands what it takes, has that mindset, put another pro in that locker room, another mentor. I mean the guy's a beast. He's a warrior," Pagano said.[


Bradshaw has spent all six of his NFL seasons with the New York Giants and is coming off 1,000- yard seasons in two of the last three years.

In 20 career games against the AFC, Bradshaw has averaged 5.4 yards per carry and gained over 1,300 yards.

One of those contests came against Pagano and while the memory wasn't too fond, the coach remembers it vividly.

"I was at Baltimore and we played (Bradshaw), I don't know how many years ago, and I just saw him gut through our defense for a 77-yard run. And that doesn't happen very often to a Ravens front seven and that defense," Pagano said.

"His resume speaks for itself and having the rings coming with it is only going to help. Get us one step closer to hoisting that trophy."

DEEP BALLS HIGHLIGHT THE END OF PRACTICE:It was a humid afternoon in the state capitol on Wednesday and the offense ended the practice with a few fireworks.

Operating in 11-on-11 drills and under a two-minute drive scenario, quarterback Andrew Luck engineered a near flawless drive.

Luck began the drive finding T.Y. Hilton and Vick Ballard for first downs.

Following an incompletion, Luck connected with tight end Coby Fleener over the middle of the field to set up the highlight.

With the offense still near midfield, Hilton showed the Colts defense what he did against so many opponents last season.

Hilton got behind the secondary and Luck found him in stride for the touchdown to cap the afternoon for the first-team offense.

The second-team offense followed up with a similar effort as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck hit wide receiver Nathan Palmer for a two-minute scenario touchdown, giving the unit the last laugh after an afternoon where the defense also made their fair share of plays.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:Chuck Pagano on what he thought of the first day of minicamp

"Love it. Great competition. Spirit is great. Enthusiasm great. I felt like coming out of the last three OTAs last week we had our best three practices, eight, nine and 10. And then coming out here today, the guys came back from the weekend and picked up right where they left off last week. So we had a great practice. Great start to the mini-camp."

CLICK HERE TO WATCH CHUCK PAGANO’S MINICAP PRESS CONFERENCE FROM TUESDAYHIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY:The offensive highlights near the end of practice were memorable but Vontae Davis made a terrific interception early on in Tuesday's practice.

Matched up against Darrius Heyward-Bey, Davis climbed the ladder for a jump ball which he palmed with his left hand, before juggling it in the air and securing it, while falling down, with his right hand holding the ball against his body.

SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY:The Colts will host an open practice beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. and field access will be granted to fans until 4:00 p.m. with an autograph session following.

Admission is free, along with parking and concessions are half-price for the event.**LARON LANDRY MEETS WITH THE MEDIA

Check back with tomorrow for a deeper look into LaRon Landry and Ahmad Bradshaw before Wednesday night's open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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