INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (9-4) moved another step closer to repeating as AFC South champions on Sunday with their comeback victory.
The topic of Reggie Wayne was the main headline on Monday with the 14-year veteran battling injuries over the last month.
Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano meeting the media on Monday afternoon:
-Vontae Davis: The hope is to get him back to practice on Wednesday. He is still under the concussion protocol.
-Jonotthan Harrison: No update to the burner/neck injury he suffered against Cleveland.
-Xavier Nixon: Should be at practice on Wednesday after missing time the last two weeks with a foot injury.
-Joe Reitz: No update to the ankle injury that he suffered against Cleveland.
-Andy Studebaker: Should be at practice on Wednesday after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury
-Hugh Thornton: Still "day-to-day" and is trending in the right direction.
Chuck Pagano on how much Reggie Wayne has left:
"I know he's got more. How much that is? I don't know how much that is, but I know he's got more.
"He'll deliver. He'll be back."
Bowen's Analysis: Following the game on Sunday, Pagano on Colts postgame radio said that Wayne was playing through a "torn tri" that he suffered in the Cincinnati game earlier this season. On Monday, Pagano reiterated that Wayne is battling through nagging injuries.
Against Cleveland, Wayne had just one reception in eight targets. He's averaged three receptions for 37 yards in the games since his elbow/tri injuries as T.Y. Hilton has really emerged. Wayne' s presence within the Colts offense is still key and Pagano clearly feels that No. 87 will continue to make plays for this team. Sunday would mark the 209th career game for Wayne, breaking the Colts franchise record.
Chuck Pagano on Khaled Holmes filling in on Sunday:
"He stayed the course and continued to be a pro.
"He obviously went out and played winning football for us so credit to him."
Bowen's Analysis: When Holmes went in for an injured Joe Reitz on Sunday, the Colts were left with zero reserve linemen. Pagano said on Monday that if another injury would have occurred up front, utility man Jack Doyle would have filled in.
Holmes played 36 offensive snaps on Sunday in the first extensive NFL action for the second-year pro. Pagano credited the intelligence of Holmes to be able to slide in at guard with the Colts in a pinch. With A.Q. Shipley subbing in for the injured Jonotthan Harrison at center, Holmes was the right guard to close out the win on Sunday. The health of the Colts offensive line will be something to watch this week, particularly with J.J. Watt coming to Indianapolis on Sunday.
Chuck Pagano on what needs to be done to clean up turnovers:
"Continue to address it."
"We've got to get it fixed. We've got to get it cleaned up. Period."
Bowen's Analysis: The Colts have 26 committed turnovers on the season, a number that doesn't resemble any other team currently in the AFC playoff picture. This has been a focus for the Colts since the bye week with several turnovers still leading directly to points for the opposition.
Last year, the Colts led the NFL and set a franchise record with just 14 giveaways. Pagano once again reiterated that the Colts cannot expect to play consistent football until this is cleaned up. The head coach says the team will continue to practice it and have their "look" team at practice try to pry away at the ball of skill players. It's pretty remarkable that the Colts are 5-2 this year in games where they lose the turnover battle.
I watch a great QB every Sunday bruh...it's crazy. — Zachariah W. Kerr (@ZachKerr94) December 8, 2014