INDIANAPOLIS – It's a pretty clean injury report for the Colts this week with just two players ruled OUT ahead of Sunday's contest with the Texans.
Sunday also marks the franchise-best 209th career game for Reggie Wayne in his 14th season with the Colts.
Here's a rundown of what Reggie Wayne and Chuck Pagano had to say to the media on Friday:
Reggie Wayne on game No. 209 and setting a Colts franchise record:
"That's what matter's the most, just to be able to answer that bell, be able to be there for my teammates."
Bowen's Analysis: The availability of one Reggie Wayne will stand all alone on Sunday in his franchise-best 209th career game. For a man decorated across the top-10 of virtually all NFL receiving records, Wayne holds his longevity at the top of the list.
As Wayne heads into a contract year at the age of 36, the questions comes up on if this could be his last home game with the Colts. Wayne, once again, reiterated on Friday that while he's not sure if he will play in 2015, the Colts will be the only team he plays for in his NFL career.Reggie Wayne on what this weekend's mean:
"We do understand what's at stake.
"We've got to take care of our first goal."
Bowen's Analysis: After Wayne acknowledges his corner of fans again on Sunday, he will retreat to the Colts sideline for a game with plenty of storylines. None of those are bigger than the AFC South title just 60 minutes away for the Colts.
Indianapolis obviously wants no part in seeing the divisional race extend into the final two weeks of the season. It's been a while since the Colts have clinched the division title in front of their home fans and they have a chance to do that on Sunday. It might be the final home game of 2014, but the Colts can give their fans an early home contest in January with a victory over the Texans.Chuck Pagano on the 2014 rookie class:
"I think our coaches have done a great job of getting those guys ready to play and finding roles for them and doing a great job of developing those guys, much like they did in 2012."
Bowen's Analysis: Pagano's press conference on Friday ended with this question. It hasn't gotten a ton of talk this season but the "small" rookie class for the Colts has played very well down the stretch.
We've talked about the undrafted free agents with the Colts having the most on a 53-man roster. Guys like Dewey McDonald, Zach Kerr and Jonotthan Harrison have played big roles for this team. Draft picks in Jack Mewhort (starter), Donte Moncrief (emerging playmaker), Jonathan Newsome (pass rushing specialist) and Andrew Jackson (key special teamer) have made the five-man draft class look very promising as the year has gone along.INJURY NOTES
Here is the Colts final injury report of the week:
-OUT- Joe Reitz (ankle) and Hugh Thornton (knee).
-Neither right guard option practiced this week so the Colts will have a new starter across from J.J. Watt on Sunday.
-PROBABLE- Mike Adams (back), Sergio Brown (illness), Darius Butler (illness), Vontae Davis (concussion), D'Qwell Jackson (ribs), T.Y. Hilton (rest), LaRon Landry (illness), Xavier Nixon (foot), Andy Studebaker (hamstring), Erik Walden (knee) and Reggie Wayne (rest).
-Pagano said on Friday that Davis needs to past one more test before being fully cleared for Sunday against the Texans.