Colts Notebook: Sept. 14

Forget it and move on. That's a popular slogan among coaches of any sport after a subpar performance. The phrase is getting a heavy workout from the Indianapolis Colts' players and coaching staff following the season-opening loss to the Houston Texans.

Indianapolis was sluggish on both sides of the football in losing to the Texans. Physical mistakes and mental errors plagued the Colts, things that must be cleaned up heading into Sunday night's nationally-televised home opener with the New York Giants.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell, though, is taking the loss to the Texans philosophically.

"It's a long haul. It's round one of a 16-round fight," Caldwell said. "What we have to do is just continue to get better each and every week. That's our goal and aim. That's what we focus in on.

"We really don't look at things closely and examine the season until after we've played around four games. Then you can kind of tell where you are. You have an idea at least."

Indianapolis will get back to the practice field this week and try to make the necessary adjustments for the game against the Giants.

"All (the mistakes) are certainly fixable. They're correctable," the Colts' coach said. "That's what practices are for."


  • QB Peyton Manning was sacked twice and hit 10 times by the Texans.

    "I don't know how much pressure we gave up, but I'm sure it was more than we'd like," said C Jeff Saturday.

  • CB Jerraud Powers has apparently won the punt return job for the time being. Powers had never returned a punt in a game for the Colts until doing it against Houston. He had one punt return for 13 yards and had a fair catch on another Texans punt.


  • S Bob Sanders (elbow) was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday. No details on his injury were immediately available.

  • WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) was slated to have an MRI on Monday. His availability will be updated later in the week.

  • DT Fili Moala made his first NFL start, replacing usual starter Antonio Johnson against the Texans. Johnson has been nursing a groin injury for the last couple of weeks.

  • OG Mike Pollak started at right guard against Houston ahead of usual starter Kyle DeVan. DeVan had been the starter for most of the second half of last season and in the post-season.

  • QB Peyton Manning's 433 passing yards were his third-highest in a regular-season game and the fourth-highest counting the playoffs.

  • RB Joseph Addai had 10 total rushing attempts against Houston.

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