The Colts were missing 16 players for Monday's practice, including DL Gabe Nyenhuis and LB Kyle Killion who have been put on injured reserve.
Additionally, missing from the defensive side of the ball were linemen Justin Brown, Corey Simon, and Montae Reagor; defensive backs Tim Jennings, Antoine Bethea, T.J. Rushing, Eric Hill, Jason David and Tanard Davis and linebacker Freddie Keiaho. From the offensive unit, tight end Ben Hartsock, quarterback Jim Sorgi, guard Ryan Lilja and wide receiver Brandon Stokley were out. Cornerback Nick Harper also missed practice for personal reasons.
The big news was in regards to who did return to practice. Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney participated in every planned drill and activity today. Safety Chris Laskowski was back in the mix, as well as defensive tackle Sweet Pea Burns, linebacker Johnathan Goddard and quarterback Jim Sorgi.
Monday's Noteworthy Plays...
Reggie Wayne today, throwing two touchdown passes to him. One was a real bullet from about ten yards out into the back of the end zone.
Dallas Clark wanted his piece of the pie, so he snared a 10-yarder from Manning that really had some zip on it for a score as well.
The backup quarterbacks weren't going to let Manning steal the spotlight for himself, so Jim Sorgi hit John Standeford on a crossing pattern for a score. Shaun King kept pace with a strike to Aaron Moorehead.
It was obvious that safety Bob Sanders has been anxious to get out on the field at camp. He was laying some big-time hits on people today. The offense is undoubtedly less excited to have him back than the defense afer what he did today.
It was also great to see middle linebacker Gary Brackett showing no ill effects from his knee injury that he sustained during the Rams game. His mobility looks fine and he's mixing it up as usual.
The Colts did some kickoff returns work, and with T.J. Rushing sidelined, Terrence Wilkins and rookie Ashlan Davis split the reps.
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