By now, the Indianapolis Colts know the routine.
Players jog and stretch, participate in a series of specialized position drills then a horn blows to bring everyone together for 11-on-11 practice.
Such is the culmination of an offseason regimen that began in late April. Three days of mandatory veteran’s mini-camp workouts began Tuesday at the team complex.
It’s not the glamorous part of the job, toiling in the June heat in shirts and shorts, getting the most of what head coach Chuck Pagano commonly refers to as mental preparation. But the players understand it’s part of the process.
While the public can’t watch the workouts at the team complex, the Colts will have an open workout at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Consider this video a sneak peak at what these guys are doing these days.
As expected, several key injured players aren’t participating, most notably outside linebacker Robert Mathis, offensive right tackle Gosder Cherilus, offensive left guard Donald Thomas, inside linebacker Nate Irving and running back Vick Ballard.
They’re at the complex, but busy with rehab. That explains why the Colts’ offensive line is different than what will be expected on Sept. 13 at the Buffalo Bills. Jack Mewhort, who usually plays guard, is lining up at right tackle for Cherilus. Todd Herremans is at right guard and Khaled Holmes at center, where they likely will start. Lance Louis is at left guard, where either Mewhort or Thomas are expected to start. Anthony Castonzo returns at left tackle.
Running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Andre Johnson put themselves through their own individual drills, which target flexibility and agility. Offensive and defensive linemen are in their special groups doing their normal position-specific tasks.
The quarterbacks are easy to spot by their red jerseys. Andrew Luck leads the trio in drop-back drills before jogging over to the grass field to start throwing passes to wide receivers.
Some players stand out for different reasons. Tight end Coby Fleener has let his hair grow long, like when he was at Stanford, his long brown locks flowing down to his jersey. Cornerback Vontae Davis is wearing fluorescent green cleats, pretty bright attire for practice.
Mini-camp will wrap up Thursday with a final practice, then the Colts will go on their separate ways until Aug. 1, when they report to Anderson University for training camp.
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