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Vontae Davis Practices, Reggie Wayne Rests On Thursday

Intro: With a Monday night game on the schedule this week, the Colts first full practice of the week came on Thursday. What did the initial injury report of Giants week look like on Thursday?





INDIANAPOLIS – Brisk weather in the state capitol didn't keep the Colts off their outdoor practice field on Thursday.

The Colts ramped up preparations for the Giants with a two-hour practice on Thursday.

Here are a few sound bites from Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson meeting the media:

Chuck Pagano on Reggie Wayne missing practice Thursday:

"He was able (to practice). He just rested."

Bowen's Analysis:* *With everything pushed back a day this week due to the Monday night game, Thursday was the typical rest day for some Colts veterans. According to Pagano, this is where Wayne fell on the injury report even though he missed Sunday's game with an elbow injury.

Pagano said it's too early in the week to know if Wayne will return to the lineup on Monday night. The next two practices will be critical to see how Wayne is hindered (if he is at all) by the elbow injury. The good news for Pagano is that seeing Donte Moncrief play on Sunday, the Colts realize they have some quality wide receiver depth if Wayne has to sit again this week.

Chuck Pagano on trying to get Donte Moncrief more involved:

"We know we got a playmaker in Donte.

"We would like to get him, and a bunch of other guys as many touches as possible. He's definitely earned that."

Bowen's Analysis: Fantasy owners would love to hear Pagano breakdown the exact snap count for Moncrief this week but the head coach isn't sure yet on a few factors that will dictate that number (Wayne's health, pace of game, etc.).

One thing is clear though---Pagano is very pleased with what Moncrief showed on Sunday. To add another playmaker to the Colts offense is a bit scary and it looks like the unit has found that in Moncrief. Pagano said Moncrief has "earned" more action as a guy who can impact the game in multiple ways (yards after catch, reverses and using his body to go up and make plays in the air). Wayne's health will certainly impact Moncrief's role a bit but the rookie is still going to find his way on the field in some capacity.

Ryan Grigson on if this team is a championship-caliber team:

"…I feel like this is a championship-caliber team.

"We just have to be more consistent, and like I said keep learning from our mistakes, our losses and so forth, and put together four quarters like we have a couple of times this year."

Bowen's Analysis: Grigson met with the media on Thursday afternoon and fielded a ton of questions regarding the Colts at the midway point of the year. The Colts General Manager always talks about wanting his team to play ascending football late in the year, knowing that the NFL is about "peaking at the right time."

Grigson said one area that he's been pleased with this year is the 2014 draft class. Second-round pick Jack Mewhort is starting at left guard, wide receiver Donte Moncrief is coming off a career-high afternoon and fifth-round pick Jonathan Newsome continues to show flashes at outside linebacker. That doesn't even take into account Trent Richardson (the team's 2014 de facto first-round pick) who makes up one of the most productive running back duos in the league. Look for more from Grigson on during the bye week as the GM shared his thoughts on the impressive connection between Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.


Here is the injury report for Thursday:

-DNP- Ahmad Bradshaw (rest), D'Qwell Jackson (toe), Arthur Jones (ankle), Erik Walden (quad), Reggie Wayne (elbow/rest) and Josh McNary (ankle).

            -Jones was in a boot in the locker room on Thursday afternoon. Besides Wayne (update above), Jones and Walden look to be the key guys to watch on the injury report as the week progresses. Pagano said the Colts are still at a "week-to-week" standpoint with Walden.

-FULL- Vontae Davis (knee)

            -By far the best news on the injury report came with Davis appearing as a full participant. Chuck Pagano said Davis is 100 percent and ready to go for Monday night.

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