INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts were back indoors for practice on Wednesday as they return home this weekend for their final home game of 2014.
A key piece to the Colts defensive puzzle was back at practice.
Here are a few sound bites from Chuck Pagano and Andrew Luck on Wednesday:
Chuck Pagano on if he's ever seen a player like J.J. Watt impact the game from the defensive line:
"I don't know if I've ever.
"He's damn near unblockable."
Bowen's Analysis:* *I don't think a player this year has received the type of praise from Pagano like Watt did on Wednesday. It's obviously very deserving with the type of season Watt is once again putting together.
Pagano didn't hesitate in saying Watt would get his MVP vote. The play on the defensive side of the ball is obvious (14.5 sacks, 33 quarterback hit) but Watt has also caught three touchdown passes this season. The Colts are dealing with some injuries at the right guard position so that will be something to watch in regards to Watt as the week moves along.
Chuck Pagano on Boom Herron's ability in short yardage:
"He can create his own yards if they are not there."
Bowen's Analysis: We've seen the burst. We've seen the plays in the receiving game. And, on Sunday, we saw some toughness out of Boom Herron in a short yardage situation.
While Herron didn't "break" tackles via running over anyone on that run it was his confidence to spin back into middle of the defense to pick up the yard, which ultimately decided the game. In the past couple of weeks, Herron has shown that he's more than capable of filling a variety of roles at running back with short yardage being added, in a mighty large way, on Sunday.Andrew Luck on what Sunday means in trying to clinch the division:
"We understand what's at stake.
"With this much on the line, for both squads, that's what December football is all about."
Bowen's Analysis: Houston has not shied away from the importance of Sunday knowing that a loss means the end to any attempt at winning the AFC South. In listening to Chuck Pagano and Colts players on Wednesday, they are following a similar stance.
With a win on Sunday, the Colts will secure the division for a second straight season and guarantee at least one home playoff game. The Colts want no part of waiting until the final weeks of the season to secure a playoff bid as they look to run their division win streak to 12 straight games, by the far the most in the NFL.
Here is the injury report for Wednesday:
-DNP- Mike Adams (back), Sergio Brown (illness), D'Qwell Jackson (ribs), LaRon Landry (illness), Joe Reitz (ankle), Hugh Thornton (knee) and Erik Walden (knee).
-Pagano said Brown and Landry went home early on Wednesday with an illness. Both Thornton and Reitz are listed as "day-to-day" as the Colts deal with some uncertainty at the right guard spot heading into Houston.
-LIMITED- Vontae Davis (concussion)
-With a red jersey on, Davis was back at practice. This is certainly a good sign as he wraps up the concussion protocol.
-FULL- Xavier Nixon (foot) and Andy Studebaker (hamstring).
-The Colts get Nixon back after missing time with a foot injury. He could certainly factor into the mix at the right guard spot this weekend.