A bye week allowed many Indianapolis Colts to rest up and get away while the coaching staff worked on adjusting to moving forward without injured quarterback Andrew Luck.
Head coach Chuck Pagano said backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is ready to lead his 4-5 team while Luck recovers from a lacerated kidney and partial tear of an abominal muscle, injuries announced last Tuesday that could keep Luck out of the lineup for an estimated recovery timetable of two to six weeks. Luck was hurt after playing his best game of the season, a 27-24 home win over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos eight days ago at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Despite their losing record, the Colts have a half-game lead in the AFC South Division with Houston (3-5) playing at the Cincinnati Bengals (8-0) tonight. The Colts travel Sunday to face the Atlanta Falcons (6-3), who are also coming off a bye week after losing three of four games.
"It was good to get away for everybody," Pagano said. "Again, great to be back. The guys did a nice job with their time away, taking care of themselves physically and mentally. We had a good first day, preparation-wise. We got a lot done during the bye week as a staff. We looked at what we've done to this point and areas we need to work on.
"We all know we've got a huge challenge on the road against an oustanding Atlanta team. They pose a lot of issues for you in all three phases. We've got our hands full."
Pagano will provide an injury update on Wednesday, but the Colts made one roster move Monday by activating rookie cornerback D'Joun Smith off injured reserve. The third-round draft choice was designated to return after suffering a knee injury that required surgery.
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