While the club has stated that Vinatieri is day- to-day, they were much more sluggish when it came to talking about Stokley, arousing suspicion that his situation was more serious. Based on remarks made late in the day, it appears to be serious enough that Stokley could miss the balance of the preseason.
During the afternoon session, Chris Laskowski was back on the field. They are obviously easing him back into the rigors of full workouts. Adam Moorehead sat out the afternoon as the Colts continue to be cautious about overworking him following his offseason back surgery. All of the rest of the players who missed the morning session sat out the afternoon as well.
The beneficiaries of Stokley's unfortunate absence are Moorehead and John Standeford, who will split reps as the number three receiver. Moorehead continues to look sharp and will undoubtedly do all he can to take advantage of the extra looks from Manning. For Standeford, this is truly a make -or-break camp as he doesn't have any practice squad eligibility left. And he's clearly having the best camp we've seen out of him. But if the Colts are forced to use one receiver spot as a returns specialist or even as a backup in that role, it's likely that only one of these two will make the final cut for the 53-man roster.The other big buzz at camp today was about who was lining up at the right cornerback spot. With Jason David still out and Marlin Jackson coming off a rough start against the Rams, Kelvin Hayden was spotted working with the first team at right corner. Hayden has quietly managed to shine the spotlight on himself with some nice plays and good consistency in this camp. Jackson worked primarily at the nickel position.
Waine Bacon, who just re-joined the team over the weekend, made his presence known with a diving interception in the end zone off of a Shaun King pass.
Rookie Ashlan Davis seems to be getting more and more comfortable handling kickoffs at the pro level. He's had a few instances in the past where the ball was bouncing off his chest a bit or where he would bobble the catch, but he didn't have any problem handling the ball today. He continues to show a good burst.
Terrence Wilkins also got some opportunities to return some kicks today and showed some quickness that rivals some of the much younger players he's competing against. He just turned 31 at the end of July.
Peyton Manning hooked up with Reggie Wayne for a 40-yard touchdown pass down the sidelines that was the highlight of the morning session.
Jim Sorgi really zipped a pass to Moorehead, who made the catch about 12-yards from the line of scrimmage and then turned it upfield for a nice gain.
Wide receiver Dan Sheldon followed suit, catching a short pass from Sorgi that he turned into a 15-yard gain with some really nice cuts and moves.
Tight end Bryan Fletcher hauled-in a 25-yard pass down the middle from Shaun King.