Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano gave an injury update and answered questions Wednesday about the defense, moving on without running back Ahmad Bradshaw and getting Arthur Jones back as his 6-4 team prepares to host the 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here are the highlights:
— Cornerback Greg Toler is going through concussion protocol and is day-to-day.
— Coach was asked to assess the performance of linebackers D’Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman in Sunday’s 42-20 loss to New England. The broad response applied to every defensive player, that nobody was pleased.
— Because Ahmad Bradshaw is lost for the season, it doesn’t necessarily mean more work for running back Trent Richardson. Dan Herron will be the backup. The team has options in the building for a third running back but will also evaluate who is available on the street.
— He reaffirmed running game issues come down to execution, not injuries on the offensive line or the opponent.
— Nosetackle Arthur Jones, who has missed seven of the past eight games with a high ankle sprain, is expected to play Sunday.
— Pagano shared his thoughts on how Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blake Bortles has improved since the team faced him in the second half of their Week 3 game.
— Defensive issues continue to be addressed by film study and then fixed in practice.
— Toler’s concussion was residual effects from Sunday’s game. He came into the complex Monday morning with a headache.
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