INDIANAPOLIS – Halloween brought freezing temperatures and rain to the Indianapolis area on Friday.
That sent the Colts indoors for practice. The team will hold another session on Saturday before departing to New York on Sunday afternoon.
Here are a few headlines from Pep Hamilton, Greg Manusky and Vontae Davis talking to the media on Friday:
Pep Hamilton on the return of Reggie Wayne to practice:
"It makes all the difference.
"We just finished our third-down practice and having Reggie Wayne available makes it a lot easier for the quarterback. Find Reggie and find a way to get him the ball."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Wayne was back at practice on Friday for the first time in two weeks. With a wrap on his left elbow, Wayne was a full participant as the Colts will have another practice on Saturday before their trip to New York on Sunday.
Chuck Pagano (who will talk to the media following Saturday's practice) said on Monday that the hope was for Wayne to practice in some capacity later in the week. Friday was that day and now the evaluation period begins on just how effective Wayne can be dealing with the elbow injury. Heading into a road, primetime environment, following a loss, should only add to the importance of having the 14-year veteran in Wayne suited up.
Greg Manusky on what he needs to see from LaRon Landry:
"I'd like to see him get his wheels back, get his vision back, and start getting into the calls and understanding all the little nuances that he's missed for the last four weeks."
Bowen's Analysis: Landry was once again back at practice on Friday, for the second straight day since returning from his four-game suspension.
Manusky frequently talks about the importance of guys really testing their lungs throughout the preseason and emphasized it again last week with the return of Arthur Jones. Manusky said it again on Friday in talking about Landry. The Colts have a week long exemption with Landry and don't have to bring him back to their 53-man roster until Tuesday, if they feel he's not ready by Monday.
Vontae Davis on returning to practice:
"It's real good. This is a brotherhood. I look forward to playing with these guys."
Bowen's Analysis: That's now two straight days of practice for Davis after he played less than 20 snaps against the Steelers. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said that during the Colts five-game winning streak, Davis was one of the most important players for what the unit was asking of their shutdown corner.
We've heard a lot this season about how the Colts pass rush relies on the back end for that extra time. All signs are pointing in the right direction for Davis to return to the lineup come Monday night. Listening to Manusky, it's clear what Davis means to the Colts defense.
Here's the injury report from Friday's practice:
-DNP: Arthur Jones (ankle), Josh McNary (ankle) and Erik Walden (quad).
-That's now two straight days of Jones missing practice. He played last week against the Steelers for the first time since Week Two.
-FULL: Ahmad Bradshaw (rest), Vontae Davis (knee), D'Qwell Jackson (toe) and Reggie Wayne (elbow).
-The Wayne update is above, but safe to say Pep Hamilton liked what he saw from No. 87.