INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (5-2) reach the midway point of their 2014 schedule with a Sunday afternoon road contest against the Steelers (4-3).
On Wednesday, all eyes and ears were focused on the health of Reggie Wayne with the 14-year veteran finally receiving news of the MRI on his left elbow injury.
Here are a few sound bites from Chuck Pagano talking to the media on Wednesday:
Chuck Pagano on the MRI results from Reggie Wayne's elbow:
"It's day-to-day. There wasn't anything of significance there."
Bowen's Analysis:* *While there's no concrete timetable on the return of Wayne, the good news is there doesn't appear to be anything severe from the MRI results. Wayne didn't practice on Wednesday (his usual rest day) and his status for the rest of the week remains to be seen.
If Wayne misses any time, it's clear the Colts are better equipped to handle his immense loss than this time last year. Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw are healthy and help makeup an NFL-best seven-man group with at least 15 catches on the year. Andrew Luck has utilized the tight ends and running backs much more frequently in 2014 and that's why Chuck Pagano offered a "feel great" line when talking about the pass catching weapons sans Wayne. Also, guys like Donte Moncrief and Griff Whalen have gotten ample first team reps with Wayne resting periodically throughout Training Camp and each Wednesday of the regular season.
Chuck Pagano on the play of Vontae Davis:
"He's been extremely steady, very, very consistent.
"I think it's a byproduct to his attention to detail in the classroom, in the meeting room."
Bowen's Analysis: The Colts defense might not have marquee names across the unit but there's no doubt Davis is playing at a Pro Bowl level. Davis is tied for the NFL lead with 12 passes defensed and hasn't allowed a touchdown in 703 snaps (Week 14 last season).
An interesting tidbit offered today was talking about the "legacy" one can create after Davis re-signed with the Colts last year. Davis has taken that to heart and is playing at a level up there with any other corner in the NFL, which is a major reason why the Colts defense has turned in some elite performances in the recent weeks.
Chuck Pagano on the Steelers scoring 24 points in less than three minutes on Monday night:
"You can't let people hang around or that's what happens.
"That's how this league is, especially playing on the road, playing in Heinz Field."
Bowen's Analysis: The boo birds were raining down on Heinz Field on Monday night with the Steelers down 13-0 late in the first half. Everything changed in the span of three minutes. A 24-point run pushed the Steelers to 4-3 and turned a sour taste right around in preparing for a short week.
Chuck Pagano knows all to well the type of atmosphere awaiting the Colts on Sunday. In his time with the Ravens, Pagano knows the Colts can't let those "terrible towels" get waving on Sunday and his team must weather the storms that the Steelers will create. A crazy stat is Ben Roethlisberger holding a career 17-1 record at home, during the month of October.
Here is the injury report for Wednesday:
-DNP- Gosder Cherilus (rest), Jack Doyle (knee), Trent Richardson (hamstring) and Reggie Wayne (elbow)
-The Wayne update is above. Pagano did say that Richardson should be back at practice in some capacity on Thursday.
-LIMITED- Darius Butler (ankle)
-After not practicing last week, Butler was back on the field Wednesday in hopes to return to the lineup. He has missed the last two weeks.
-FULL- Arthur Jones (ankle)
-Jones was a full participant at practice after he finished off Bengals week in that status. Pagano said earlier this week that he expects Jones to return to the lineup for the first time since Week Two.