INDIANAPOLIS – Starting quarterback Dan Orlovsky missed the Colts' Wednesday practice in preparation for Sunday's game at Jacksonville.
Orlovsky was absent to attend to a personal matter, according to Head Coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell expects Orlovsky to be back in the fold on Thursday with no further interruption to the work in facing the Jaguars.
Curtis Painter, who started eight games for Indianapolis this season, directed the club during the first full practice of the week. Painter thought practice went fine and that everything will run smoothly the rest of the week.
"I think we expect him to be back, and he's our guy," said Painter. "It doesn't really change much. (I) just got a few more reps today, which is always good for preparation for whatever situation comes. I kind of took today knowing that I was going to get those reps. I probably won't the rest of the week, so (I) just took advantage of those. I got some full-speed reps with the guys and hopefully be ready if called upon."
Painter does not see any issue with Orlovsky missing a day and picking everything up that is needed to face Jacksonville.
"I think so. I don't think that's (missing Wednesday) an issue," said Painter. "I don't think it's a problem at all."
As for the Jaguars' defense, Painter knows it is a stout challenge.
"The thing about them is statistically they're playing really well," said Painter. "They're a good, solid defense. They're playing really well up front. I said it back then (when he started against Jacksonville in November), they're not a defense that's necessarily going to try to confuse you too much like New England, Baltimore or the (New York) Jets, but they play well. You'll know where they are, and they will play well."