Colts camp notes: Duron Carter injures groin

Colts rookie wide receiver has been lighting it up at training camp, but had to slow down Saturday after suffering leg injury.

ANDERSON, Ind. — Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Duron Carter has been opening eyes for a week at training camp, but the rookie suffered a setback Saturday with a groin injury.

The son of NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter exited practice early at Anderson University. While the injury didn’t appear to be serious, sometimes these strains or “tweaks” can linger.

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Carter is in a spirited preseason battle for playing time with rookie Phillip Dorsett and second-year pro Donte Moncrief, among others. Each are trying to prove they deserve more playing time as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Pro Bowlers T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson. And the Colts’ receivers have continually drawn praise from the crowds for their play.

Nickel cornerback Darius Butler also had a groin injury. He tried to stretch it out and work through it but the Colts are extremely cautious with any flare-ups.

That’s also why defensive end Kendall Langford shut it down early with soreness. Cornerback Vontae Davis participated in part of the workout then took his shoulder pads off for what the team said was rest.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden rested for the entire workout. Rookie running back Josh Robinson is sidelined by a tight hamstring. Rookie offensive tackle Denzelle Good sat out with an undisclosed injury.

The team practices again Sunday and Monday before taking Tuesday off. Camp concludes with practices on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Brown with two more INTs

Fifth-year cornerback Jalil Brown intercepted quarterback Andrew Luck in 11-on-11 drills. It’s noteworthy because Brown had another during the workout and has four interceptions at camp.

While the Colts are set at cornerback with Davis, Greg Toler and Butler as well as third-round draft choice D’Joun Smith, Brown’s play has boosted his stock for making the roster.

Brown played five games for the Colts in each of the last two seasons while also spending time with the Miami Dolphins. He has just two career starts, both with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, when he played in a career-high 15 games. He also appeared in 14 games as a rookie for the Chiefs.

Gore doesn’t want to rest

Running back Frank Gore is entering his 11th NFL season and wouldn’t be blamed for wanting to take it easy during training camp. But it’s not his style.

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He hasn’t rested once.

“He’s a great competitor,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s coming into a new system, and so he’s like Andre (Johnson) was in OTAs, he’s no different.

“Those guys, we have to protect them from themselves, but they also need to work because he’s not one of those guys who wants any doubt once he gets in the huddle and he gets lined up and he doesn’t want to think so he’s getting the offense down. He got it down during the offseason, during OTAs and now he’s honing it to where he can play extremely fast and not think out there.”

As usual, Gore earned applause when he ripped off a long run during practice Saturday. It’s not live tackle football, but his work ethic and the example set for teammates is obvious.

Ballard didn’t suffer scare

Running back Vick Ballard is “day-to-day” with a tight hamstring and didn’t practice again for the third straight day. He suffered the injury Tuesday, but assured he wasn’t alarmed that it was another serious issue, which would be understandable to think considering he’s played in one game the past two seasons due to knee ligament and Achilles tendon tears.

“There were a couple people on the sidelines that said they were thinking like that,” Ballard said of the severity. “But once I did it, I just kind of laughed it off and said, ‘Well, I got a little something else.’

“When it happened, I knew it wasn’t anything major because I’ve pulled my hamstring before, and it was nothing like that. This right here, it’s not even really sore to the touch. It’s still a little something, so I want to be as cautious as possible.”

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