INDIANAPOLIS – Monday's around the NFL are typically a day of rest and recovery.
That was not the case this Monday for the Indianapolis Colts.
Chuck Pagano had his team on the practice field for about 90 minutes on Monday, in their first on-the-field work since the previous bye week.
The bye week for the Colts is now complete and the team will begin a final seven-game run starting on Sunday with two home contests in five days. The Colts will also be honoring their Super Bowl XLI anniversary team at halftime of Sunday's game versus the Titans.
Here is the Monday notebook with players meeting the media after the practice.
**The first injury report of the week for the Colts will not come until Wednesday, with a bonus practice on Monday after the bye.
S-Mike Adams (groin), DE-Henry Anderson (knee), OG-Jack Mewhort (tricep) and OT-Joe Reitz (concussion, was in a red jersey) were all spotted at practice.
There was no sign of DE-Kendall Langford (knee) participating on Monday.
Chuck Pagano will next meet the media on Wednesday, after the players have their normal Tuesday off day.D'Qwell Jackson on Monday's practice:
"We had a good day today.
"Guys have a sense of urgency around here that now is the time to make that push."
Bowen's Analysis:* *When the players left the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center early last week, the coaching staff gave each player specific areas of improvement needed when they returned to work. That came on Monday with the Colts getting a practice in before a normal schedule week commences (off day on Tuesday and practices Wednesday-Friday).
Defensively, the self-scout during the bye week came down to consistency. That unit has to find more of it with a hot Titans' offense up first on the post-bye week slate. Flipping over to offense, the elimination of penalties and dropped passes sit atop the "need to change" list with seven games remaining.
Mike Adams on sensing the playoff push is nearing:
"If you saw the games yesterday, playoff football has started.
"When you're looking around the league at all the different games, it has started."
Bowen's Analysis:* *First things first, the Colts got Mike Adams (groin) back to practice on Monday. It looked to be a pretty healthy group of Colts on the practice field in returning from the bye.
Players were in the building early on Monday, a day after they watched some terrific games around the NFL. Adams' comments accurately describe where the Colts have to be at when Sunday arrives. The Colts play three of their first four games after the bye at home. Two of those are divisional games against the Titans (Nov. 20) and Texans (Dec. 11), respectively. Ground has to be made up in the AFC South, but several of those chances will come in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium.T.Y. Hilton on the return of some offensive players versus the first time the Colts and Titans met:
"It feels good, having those guys back and the guys around.
"We feel good, as long as we have guys healthy, we should go out there and have fun."
Bowen's Analysis: Remember that first Colts/Titans meeting in 2016? The Colts were really depleted on offense. Missing the likes of Dwayne Allen, Jacoby Brissett, Jack Mewhort and Donte Moncrief didn't hinder the play of Andrew Luck. That 34-26 win in Nashville was the only divisional victory the Colts got in the first two months of this season.
The Indy offense should have all those guys back when the Titans come to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Jim Irsay said last week that if the Colts are going to make a playoff push, the offense having the ability to put up 30-to-35 points has to be realistic. Listening to players chat on Monday, it's clear they were watching the Titans' impressive, 47-25, victory over the Packers very closely on Sunday. This is a Week 11 meeting that neither team can afford to drop if they want to stay close to the Texans.
A great indoor Monday practice getting ready for the Titans!