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Intro: In Chuck Pagano’s conference call on Monday, the head coach recapped the Colts loss in Dallas in Week 16. What else did Pagano have to say as the Colts prepare for their final game of the regular season?





INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in a month, the Colts did not have a "Victory Monday" to start the week.

The Colts will change up their practice schedule a bit this week having their normal off day on Thursday for Christmas.

Here are a few headlines from Pagano meeting the media on Monday afternoon:Injury Notes:

-Dwayne Allen (knee): Had an MRI. Allen "dinged" his knee up and he will be day-to-day.

-Gosder Cherilus (groin): Too early to know if Cherilus will be back on Sunday. The trainers will work with Cherilus at Tuesday's practice.

-Jerrell Freeman (hamstring): Had an MRI and will be day-to-day.

-T.Y. Hilton (hamstring): Anticipates Hilton to be back for Sunday.

Chuck Pagano on having just one rushing yard in 10 carries on Sunday:

"I've never seen it.

"You're not going to win a football game by rushing for one yard. Even though you fall behind a bit score wise, you've still got to be able to run the football."

Bowen's Analysis: The Colts had a franchise low one rushing yard on their 10 carries Sunday. The run game was clearly an area the Colts wanted to establish heading into the playoffs with a trio of rushes to start Sunday's game.

Pagano once again reiterated on Monday the need to be able to run the ball come playoff time, especially away from home. The inability to sustain drives has been a problem of late for the Colts. Earlier this year, the Colts dominated time of possession. Pagano said the Colts will follow the same method as last week in terms of resting guys and playing "healthy" starters in their regular season finale at Tennessee.

Chuck Pagano on the play of Khaled Holmes against Dallas:

"He had a hiccup here or there but overall I thought it was a good outing for Khaled. He played good."

Bowen's Analysis: Yet another offensive line change occurred on Sunday. Khaled Holmes ran out with the starting unit against Dallas, marking the 10th different player to start on the offensive line this season.

Pagano says both Holmes and Jonotthan Harrison, who is battling a finger injury and didn't take the bulk of the reps last week, will get time with the first unit this week at practice. The line on Sunday marked the ninth different combination the Colts have used this season with continuity once again hindering the group up front.

Chuck Pagano on trying to find a more consistent pass rush:

"We went up against a pretty darn good offensive line yesterday and they did a good job picking up our stuff and keeping Tony (Romo) clean for the most part."

Bowen's Analysis: Prior to kickoff, the Colts would have signed up for the final stat line DeMarco Murray left Sunday's game with: 22 carries for 58 yards. Murray's 2.6 yards per carry tied his season low, but it was what Dallas did through the air that made up for the run game's quiet day.

In trying to find a common theme between the Colts losses, a lack of pass rush is evident. In the Colts 10 wins this season, they've piled up 34 sacks. In their five losses, they've only produced two sacks. Any sort of playoff run is going to cross paths with an elite quarterback, or two, so the Colts will have to find a pass rush very soon.

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