The Colts have begun the process of tearing up the old Astroturf in the RCA Dome and are replacing it with the more popular and softer FieldTurf. The Colts already use the newer, more player-friendly surface in their practice facility.
"It is very forgiving and at least as forgiving as grass," Colts President Bill Polian said. "The other surface is not forgiving at all. In fact, our players will frequently come out of games and be down two or three days because of the wear and tear."
The Colts have signed free agent G Lee Chart out of Southern Utah to the roster, adding yet another name to a crowded field of offensive linemen attempting to fill the gaps left by the departure of Rick DeMulling and the release of Tupe Peko. Chart was a 2-year starter at guard following 5 starts towards the end of his sophomore season. The 6'3, 295-pound offensive lineman was praised by his coach, along with fellow Thunderbird LB Marques Harris who signed with the Chargers.
"I couldn't be happier for both Marques and Lee," SUU Coach Wes Meier said. "They're both quality players and quality people who now have a great opportunity in front of them."
Back to Terre Haute
The Colts announced on Thursday that they will return to Rose-Hulman Institute for Technology for training camp this summer. Colts owner Jim Irsay stated, "I always have believed it is important to conduct our training camp in areas where our fans have direct access to the team, and we are excited about returning." Camp begins on July 27th. ColtPower will post the training camp schedule on our site for our fans' convenience.
Former Colt update
WR Jajuan Dawson out of Tulane is in camp with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes'. Dawson, a former third-round draft pick by the Browns who also played for the Titans, was a roster cut casualty during the Colts' 2003 training camp.
Shula reflects on Colts era
Former Colts and Dolphins head coach Don Shula looked back at his coaching career during an interview with the Bradenton Herald this week and reflected on his participation in Super Bowl III as the head coach of the Colts. Baltimore last that fabled game to Joe Namath and Jets in one of the most memorable upsets in NFL history.
That loss made the Colts front office wonder about the leadership ability of their young coach. Shula found himself in Miami the following season.
"If we beat New York I probably would have stayed in Baltimore a lot longer," he said.
Shula looked back on the Super Bowl loss with a mix of humor and regret.
"I couldn't wait for that game to start," the 75-year-old Shula said. "And once it did, I couldn't wait for that game to end."
Pope ready for action
Kendyll Pope, who only saw action in two games at the end of his rookie season due to injury, appears ready to make his presence known on the Colts roster. The Colts announced this week that he would be adding depth at the strongside linebacker position, currently anchored by David Thornton.
"I'm ready for summer school. I'm ready for training camp," Pope said. "I feel like I'm a rookie all over again, even though I'm not. There are still things I have to show the coaches and the staff. That's why they drafted me, to help them win a championship, and that's what I want to do."
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