INDIANAPOLIS – Back from Thanksgiving, the Colts wrapped up their final practice for Washington on Friday afternoon.
It's one of the longer injury reports of the season for the Colts as they finish a three-game homestand on Sunday.
Here's a rundown of what Chuck Pagano, Reggie Wayne and Greg Toler had to say to the media on Friday:
Chuck Pagano on playing a 3-8 Washington team:
"We've had really good days, and we've had other times where we haven't generated sacks and pressures and hits."
Bowen's Analysis: Pagano summed it up pretty precisely in terms of the sacks leading to wins/losses. In the Colts seven wins, they have piled up 26 sacks. In their four losses, there's been just one sack from the defense.
That area will see a boost this week from Shaun Phillips joining the team this week. On Friday, Pagano talked about Phillips' versatility and how the Colts will try to utilize that in some capacity on Sunday afternoon.Reggie Wayne on his "quiet" game against the Jaguars:
"It's over with. We watch the film, we correct those mistakes, but whether you win or lose you don't really have much time to sit back and poke your lip out or go into a joyous mood on a good game."
Bowen's Analysis: Wayne fielded several questions on Friday about his game against Jacksonville where the 14-year vet had just one catch in seven targets until the final few minutes. He didn't want to get into too much detail on his three-catch, 10-yard afternoon other than saying it's on to Washington.
While Wayne battles back from an elbow injury, he does so in preparing for his 207th career game on Sunday. That will push him past Johnny Unitas into second place on the Colts all-time list. Wayne has a chance to break that mark in two weeks when Houston comes to Lucas Oil Stadium.Greg Toler on returning to the lineup:
"Having a concussion was frustrating not being able to be out there with the guys.
"I'm just happy to be back out there."
Bowen's Analysis: A banged up Colts secondary should get Toler back in the lineup this week. It's no secret the Colts defense is at its best when Vontae Davis and Toler are manning the outside and Darius Butler is back at his normal nickel role.
A healthy unit comes against a Washington receivers group that Toler calls "premiere, no matter the quarterback." Toler says the keys for the Colts DBs on Sunday will be to continue to play tight coverage and keep the deep ball out of Washington's game plan.INJURY NOTES
Here is the Colts final injury report of the week:
-OUT- Dwayne Allen (ankle), Xavier Nixon (foot), Andy Studebaker (hamstring) and Hugh Thornton (knee).
-The Colts will be without two offensive starters on Sunday. With Nixon also out, Joe Reitz seems to be the guy at right guard.
-QUESTIONABLE- Colt Anderson (knee) and Darius Butler (knee).
-Butler didn't practice on Friday. Anderson's first day of practice for the week came on Friday.
-PROBABLE- Gosder Cherilus (shoulder), Vontae Davis (foot), Josh Gordy (back), D'Qwell Jackson (rest), Cory Redding (knee), Greg Toler (concussion) and Reggie Wayne (rest).
-Davis and Gordy were the lone corners to finish Sunday's game so it's nice to see them make it through the week of practice.