Phillip Dorsett Out Four-To-Six Weeks With Fractured Fibula

Intro: The Phillip Dorsett injury news was the headliner on Monday afternoon at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. What else did Chuck Pagano say to the media on Monday?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The analyzing of the Saints film on Monday was done with a particularly critical eye from the Colts coaching staff.

Matt Hasselbeck said on Monday the major theme from the day after film session was on personal accountability for a team that needs to be more disciplined.

Here is what Chuck Pagano and Philip Dorsett had to say on Monday afternoon:

**Injury News

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  • WR-Phillip Dorsett (fractured fibula): Out four-to-six weeks. Procedure Tuesday.
  • C-Khaled Holmes (burner): Day-to-day.
  • S-Mike Adams (hamstring): Doing well, should be back to practice on Wednesday. On the FOX broadcast Sunday, the announcers said Adams told them he would be back this week in Carolina.
  • S-Clayton Geathers (knee sprain): Doing well, should be back to practice on Wednesday.

Chuck Pagano on a message to the fans:

"That first half, the way that we played is unacceptable. We are going to do everything in our power to get it fixed and we will get it fixed."

Bowen's Analysis:* *The time span that had Pagano's attention from Sunday was the 20-0 lead the Saints built through a 3:55 frame, from the end of the first quarter to the start of the second. In that period, the Colts gave up a fake field goal, threw an interception and fumbled a kickoff return, allowing the Saints three touchdowns off very short fields.

Pagano said on Monday that he's not worried about his job security, knowing that his staff has to get back to the grind with the undefeated Panthers hosting the Colts this weekend. Sitting at 3-4, the Colts will play teams with a combined record of 16-1 the next three four weeks (at Carolina, Denver, Bye Week, @Atlanta).

Chuck Pagano on the play of Andrew Luck:

"Obviously, he's missed a little bit of a time. I thought he did some good things against the Pats.

"Again, you get down, you get behind then you start pressing a little bit to make some thing happens…You have to methodically stick to your fundamentals, technique."

Bowen's Analysis: The 0-for-5 start from Luck on Sunday was something he has never had happen in his 50 plus NFL games. Luck made it clear on Sunday that his play needs to be better for the Colts to dig themselves out of their current sub .500-record.

Another area of concern for Pagano the past two weeks has been how the Colts have not allowed themselves to be two-dimensional on offense through 60 minutes. Frank Gore continues to be a more than effective runner, yet the score has dictated the Colts move away from running him continually throughout the course of the game. That needs to change, which in turn will alleviate some of the workload for Luck.Phillip Dorsett on if he thinks he will be back this season from his fractured fibula:

"I know for a fact that I'll be back."

Bowen's Analysis: Backed up against lockers, with his crutches next to him on Monday, Philip Dorsett confirmed the reports of the fractured fibula he suffered against the Saints. The four-to-six week recovery for Dorsett is coming after a Tuesday procedure.

Dorsett, who missed two preseason games with a knee contusion, talked on Monday how he felt like things were beginning to flow easier in his rookie season nearing the midway point. Through seven weeks, Dorsett ranks second on the Colts roster averaging 15.2 yards per catch (11 receptions for 167 yards). The four-week timetable for Dorsett could put his return for the Colts first game back from their bye week (@Atlanta on 11/22). If Dorsett misses six weeks, he would still be back for the final four games of the regular season.

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