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Eli says Peyton gave him a spark
Thursday, Jan. 31, 9:12 p.m.

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, Eli Manning is enjoying his time in the limelight. But he told reporters in Arizona today that seeing his brother hoist the Vince Lombardi and Super Bowl MVP Trophies last year in Miami helped inspire him even more. Read more of Eli's comments as he prepares for the biggest game of his life in this feature!

Yet another award for Sanders
Thursday, Jan. 31, 9:12 p.m.

Bob Sanders continued to add to his impressive array of awards from 2007 Thursday, winning the 2007 GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Year award earlier today. Read more about the award and Sanders' stellar season at! Colts' Third Quarter
Thursday, Jan. 31, 9:12 p.m.

The Colts won three of four games after losing to the Patriots on Nov. 4, and took control of the AFC South on their way to the division title. Read more of the season recap at!

Colts' Second Quarter
Thursday, Jan. 31, 9:12 p.m.

The Colts reached the midway point of the 2007 season with a 7-1 record, but the lone loss of the season was to the hated Patriots. Continue reading the recap of the Colts season at!

Colts' First Quarter
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:30 a.m.

The Colts opened defense of their Super Bowl title with four straight victories to open the season. It was the Colts' fourth 4-0 start in the last five seasons. Read a recap of the Colts' first four games this season in this feature from!

New book from coach Dungy
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:30 a.m.

Colts' coach Tony Dungy's memoir, "Quiet Strength" has become so popular it's earned a spinoff. "Quiet Strength: Men's Bible Study" will hit bookstores soon. Read about the new book in this story from!

What's down the road for the Colts?
Monday, January 28, 8:48 p.m.

Obviously, key injuries played a part in the Colts failure to return to the Super Bowl this season. But what are some of the team's other needs as it looks ahead to 2008? See what David J. Warner of AOL Sports has to say about the Colts in this story!

Sanders honored again
Monday, January 28, 2008, 8:48 p.m.

Bob Sanders continues to rack up honors for his outstanding defensive season in 2007. The NFL's Defensive Player of the Year received another award Monday, this one from the Kansas City Committee of 101. Read about the award in this story from!

Meeks to interview in Washington again
Monday, January 28, 1:00 p.m.

The Washington Redskins liked what they had to hear in their first interview with Colts' defensive coordinator Ron Meeks for their head coaching vacancy. The team is asking to interview the Colts assistant again. Read about the Redskins' coaching search in this feature from the Washington Post.

Dungy's situation not uncommon
Sunday, January 27,11:41 a.m.

Tony Dungy's decision to stay in Indianapolis while his family moves to Tampa Bay may seem unusual to some, but the truth is that this is becoming a very common practice. Dungy knows the strains that this will put on him and his family, but they believe they can endure it. Check out this feature from and see how Tony Dungy is not alone in this practice!

Bethea headed to the Pro Bowl
Saturday, January 26, 8:22 a.m.

With Bob Sanders pulling himself out of the Pro Bowl following his shoulder injury against San Diego, it appeared the Colts defense wouldn't have a representative at the Pro Bowl this year. Things changed, however, when Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu pulled himself from the Pro Bowl, due to injury, as well. Safety Antoine Bethea will be replacing Polamalu, giving the Colts a face on the AFC defense on February 10th. This is Bethea's first Pro Bowl and he is very appreciative of the opportunity, "It's just a continued blessing for me: Last year playing in the Super Bowl and now this year, my second year, being selected to go to the Pro Bowl."

Caldwell key now, not just down the road
Saturday, January 26, 8:18 a.m.

While Jim Caldwell is lined up to assume the Colts' head coaching position when Tony Dungy retires, QB Peyton Manning says Caldwell is key now. Find out what role Caldwell is playing and why it's key to the Colts' success, in this feature from!

Peyton buying up tickets
Saturday, January 26, 8:16 a.m.

Peyton Manning has always supported his brother Eli and his career. When given the opportunity they attend one another's games and Peyton says this year's Super Bowl is no different. Not able to play in this year's big game, what's Peyton been doing to prepare for this year's Super Bowl? Find out in this feature!

Older coaching candidates passed over
Saturday, January 26, 8:12 a.m.

Many NFL teams are shopping for younger head coaches these days. Interested more in the long-term planning, writer Matt Sohn says teams are passing over some incredible candidates simply because of their age. One victim of this practice is Colts offensive coordinator, Tom Moore. Find out why Sohn says teams are missing out by passing him by, in this feature from!

Eli looks to Peyton for advice
Thursday, January 24, 6:01 p.m.

If it's your first trip to the Super Bowl and you're looking for some advice on how to handle the pressure, why not ask your brother who just last year won the Super Bowl? That was Eli Manning's mentality and that's exactly what he did. Peyton was able to give his younger brother some very useful advice, find out what it was in this feature!

Dungy undeserving of criticism
Thursday, January 24, 6:00 p.m.

Tony Dungy has recently fallen under some criticism for choosing to return as the Colts' head coach. The arguments are based around the fact that Dungy's family will be in Tampa while he stays in Indy to coach, and Dungy is neglecting them. See why Jason Whitlock of says Dungy doesn't deserve this criticism and his return should actually be championed by other head coaches!

Reid cleared of charges
Wednesday, January 23, 2:53 p.m.

Former Colt DB Dexter Reid has been acquitted on the charge of carrying a concealed weapon in Virginia. Reid was arrested in March after police stopped an SUV on the suspicion of driving under the influence. Reid was not charged with driving under the influence, but was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Colts' first round revisited
Wednesday, January 23, 2:50 p.m.

After one year, analysts and teams often look back on their first-round draft picks to see what they've accomplished and ask, "Was it worth it?" WR Anthony Gonzalez proved to be worth his weight in gold, filling for the injured Marvin Harrison in the later half of the season. Check out this feature and look back on the Colts' draft situation and what grade they got on their pick!

Colts defense will be better next season
Wednesday, January 23, 8:33 a.m.

Colts defensive captain Gary Brackett was proud of his unit's play this season. Now, it's time for the up-and-coming unit to take it to the next level. Brackett says it won't be easy, but the defense can and will be better next year. Find out why they're so sure they can improve during this offseason, in this feature from!

Caldwell provides smooth transition
Wednesday, January 23, 8:29 a.m.

Jim Caldwell is a pretty happy man these days. He is locked in as the successor to one day take over one of the league's most successful teams in recent history and gets to work directly under one of his close friends while he waits. Caldwell is respected by the Colts and was named the best replacement for Tony Dungy when he leaves. Why? Find out in this feature!

Caldwell fine with waiting
Tuesday, January 22, 3:11 p.m.

Jim Caldwell had to be excited by the prospect of taking over the Indianapolis Colts. Seeing as how events didn't work out that way, he is forced to wait...and that's just fine with him. See what Caldwell had to say about his role with the team, in this feature from!

Colts not the only ones better off
Tuesday, January 22, 3:07 p.m.

There's a reason the Colts players and staff were hoping for Tony Dungy's return and that's obviously that they think they're a better team with Coach Dungy than without him. It wasn't just the Colts who were pulling for Dungy though and it won't just be Indianapolis that benefits from his return. Check out this feature and find out why one writer says Dungy's return isn't just good news for the Colts, it's good news for the entire NFL!

Utecht excited about Dungy's return
Tuesday, January 22, 12:03 p.m.

While everyone involved with the Colts organization seems to be pleased that Tony Dungy has returned for another season, one player in particular is especially excited. TE Ben Utecht had many reasons for desiring Coach Dungy's return, find out what they were here!

Dungy's plan same as always
Tuesday, January 22, 12:01 p.m.

Despite his family being further away, Tony Dungy says it won't effect his plans for the Colts. His time commitment will not change and he says the Colts will go about their business as they have for the last several seasons. Find out what Dungy and others had to say about his plans for handling the time commitment and for the Colts as a team, in this feature from!

Dungy returns to balancing act
Tuesday, January 22, 11:58 a.m.

He and his wife decided he could do it, so here goes nothing. Tony Dungy will be balancing time with his family and his team in this coming season, but with an added dimension that hasn't been present in the last few years...his family will be in Florida. Dungy says he's all in and people shouldn't question his commitment, see what else he had to say in this feauture!

Dungy coming back for one more year
Monday, January 21, 4:27 p.m.

Sources have reported that Tony Dungy will return for another season as the Colts' head coach. Dungy is expected to make a formal announcement at 4:30 regarding his return.

Colts skip drama, stay with current model
Monday, January 21, 8:41 a.m.

As reported earlier, some speculate the Colts could be selling themselves short by not interviewing potential replacements for their possible opening at head coach. Instead the Colts are promoting from within (much like they do with their players), skipping the drama and rumors associated with the interview process and sticking to their current model of business. See what it is about Colts owner, Jim Irsay, that brought him to this conclusion, here!

Irsay still hopeful
Sunday, January 20, 9:27 p.m.

Colts owner Jim Irsay still doesn't know any more than he did a week ago, but he's still just as hopeful. Irsay has been busy preparing the Colts to move forward in the event that Tony Dungy does retire, but continues to hope the plan won't be neccessary. See what he had to say, earlier this evening, in this report from!

Those close to Dungy know how hard this is
Sunday, January 20, 9:25 p.m.

Tony Dungy's close friends know how difficult this past week has been on him. Dungy has spent the week talking with his family and deciding if he would be able to be fully committed to both the Colts and his family if he returns for another season of coaching. Check out this feature for an update on Dungy's progress this week in his decision-making!

Are the Colts selling themselves short?
Sunday, January 20, 12:27 p.m.

The Colts have their contingency plan ready, in the event that Tony Dungy retires tomorrow, and successor Jim Caldwell already selected. The Colts didn't even look out-of-house for any potential candidates, so aren't they worried they're selling themselves short on prospects? Certainly there would be a number of coaches interested in taking over a team with the talent of the Colts. Find out what one writer thinks on this issue, in this feature from!

Hall to be ready for '08
Sunday, January 20, 12:25 p.m.

Colts WR Roy Hall is reportedly progressing well in his shoulder rehab and will be ready for the 2008 season. Hall only played for a few games in 2007 before going down with a separated shoulder. He is expected to be a special teams player and reserve wide receiver next season.

Colts to hold camp at new location?
Saturday, January 19, 11:29 a.m.

As the Colts prepare for 2008, one order of business on their agenda is finding a location to host training camp. Previously, the Colts have always held camp at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana; however, the team's contract expired with the institute last year and they might be headed somewhere new this season. See what Colts president Bill Polian had to say about it, in this feature from!

No matter what, Dungy worthy of respect
Saturday, January 19, 11:26 a.m.

Whether Tony Dungy decides to return as the Colts' head coach for another season or not, he has more than earned everyone's respect. Many have become critical of Dungy's seemingly inability to coach his team to more Super Bowl victories, but don't overlook everything Dungy has done. Check out this feature and see why Dungy should be remembered for what he did, not what people wish he had done!

Colts ready for whatever happens
Friday, January 18, 4:27 p.m.

As the Colts await the announcement from Tony Dungy as to whether or not he'll return as head coach for another year, they've been busy getting ready. It has been confirmed that Jim Caldwell will be the replacement in the even Dungy retires, but Colts president Bill Polian says they're ready either way. Check out this feature from and see how the Colts are prepared for next season with and without Tony Dungy.

What would Caldwell-led Colts look like?
Thursday, January 17, 8:40 a.m.

In the event that Tony Dungy does decide to retire, the front-runner to take his position is assistant head coach, Jim Caldwell. So what would that transition be like and what would the Caldwell-Colts look like? Find out in this article from!

How rumors start
Thursday, January 17, 8:37 a.m.

Yesterday, rumors were released that Tony Dungy had made his decision to retire, but Dungy later denied the claims when asked by the media. While (the site that released the rumors) won't identify their source there is another event that also led them to support their claims. Find out what it was, in this feature from!

Dungy quiets rumors
Wednesday, January 16, 5:47 p.m.

Rumors broke loose today that Tony Dungy had made his decision and was planning on retiring from coaching. Dungy spoke with ESPN's Chris Mortensen and denied the rumors saying he and his family are still discussing the possibility and haven't reached any conclusions yet. See what Dungy had to say about the rumors, in this report from!

Colts sign two more
Wednesday, January 16, 5:45 p.m.

The Colts have signed RB Justise Hairston and OL Mike Elgin to reserve/future contracts. Hairston spent his collegiate career with Rutgers and Central Connecticut averaging 168 yards per game as a senior. Elgin played for Iowa splitting time between guard and center. He was drafted by New England in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Don't Peyton-hate
Wednesday, January 16, 2:01 p.m.

When you're the leader of a team - like Peyton Manning is - you have to take some of the heat if your team loses. However it has become a trend that, whether or not it really is, if the Colts lose it's Peyton Manning's fault. Some fans and media have been guilty of traditionally "Peyton-hating" but you cannot blame the Colts' loss to the Chargers on Manning. Check out this feature and find out why!

Bill Polian moves ahead
Wednesday, January 16, 1:58 p.m.

Colts president, Bill Polian, said it best, "You can't do anything about yesterday. The only thing you can affect is tomorrow. That's where my focus and our focus here in this building is going to be." Polian is looking ahead to 2008 and is encouraging his players to do the same. He's already begun planning and making notes for next season, see what he had to say about the Chargers game and moving on in this interview with!

Who should stay and who should go?
Wednesday, January 16, 1:55 p.m.

The Colts have almost all of their starters locked up for next season, but what about the rest of their free agents? Mike Chappell of, compiled the list of the Colts' free agents and offers his commentary on whom the Colts should keep and which players will likely be elsewhere next season!

Expect a very different offseason
Wednesday, January 16, 9:00 a.m.

With restrictions due to the salary cap, holding players from year-to-year has become increasingly difficult. Last year, the Super Bowl champion Colts saw the departure of starters Nick Harper, Jason David, Cato June, and Mike Doss - not an uncommon phenomena in any season, but especially after winning the Super Bowl. However, this year's offseason could look very different. The 2008 Colts will look an awful lot like the 2007 Colts as far as personnel, find out how in this feature from!

Colts to hit the road early in 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 8:52 a.m.

While the 2008 preseason schedule still has yet to be determined, the Colts know they'll be hitting the road, right out of the gate. Colts president Bill Polian confirmed that the Colts' first two preseason games will be played on the road, find out why in this feature from!

Sanders receives another honor
Tuesday, January 15, 11:29 a.m.

The Colts' renowned safety, Bob Sanders, received yet another honor to add to his growing list of accomplishments. Sanders was named the NFL's Defensive Most Valuable Player by Pro Football Weekly yesterday. Pro Football weekly also gave center, Jeff Saturday, All-NFL and All-AFC honors and WR Reggie Wayne received All-AFC honors!

Don't expect any big names this offseason
Tuesday, January 15, 11:26 a.m.

The Colts have found a system that works, so expect them to stick to it. If fans were expecting some offseason signings of big-name players, they will likely be dissapointed. The Colts will likely continue their trend of drafting and developing their own players, as they have in the past. Find out why and what moves fans can expect to see this offseason, in this feature!

Final team meeting
Tuesday, January 15, 11:23 a.m.

The Colts had their final team meeting yesterday. During the meeting they discussed such things as what they learned this season, what they want to accomplish next year, and Tony Dungy's future with the team. Get all of this and more, in this feature from!

Colts will be back, and ready
Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.

If there's one glimmer of hope for Colts fans after Sunday's loss it's this: the Colts should be better next year. The Colts are the second-youngest team in the NFL and are likely to have almost all of their starters back for next season. Throw in what proved this season to be a very capable group of back-ups and you have a blue and white force to be reckoned with. The Colts will have all of their strengths and plan to work on their weaknesses. Check out this feature from and see why the Colts, though the next few weeks will be pretty somber, are feeling good about next season!

Caldwell, Meeks interview with Washington
Tuesday, January 15, 8:53 a.m.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell and defensive coordinator Ron Meeks are both scheduled to talk with the Washington Redskins about their head coaching vacancy, in the near future. Other candidates currently being interviewed include Seattle assistant head coach Jim Mora and the front-runner appears to be Washington's assistant head coach Gregg Williams.

Colts begin offseason
Tuesday, January 15, 8:50 a.m.

The Indianapolis Colts' offseason officially started yesterday. It began with the team cleaning out their lockers and packing their bags to head home for a few months. The Colts expected they'd be preparing for New England right now, not preparing to watch them on TV. Check out this feature from and see what the players had to say as they began their offseason.

Dungy will know by Monday
Monday, January 14, 5:15 p.m.

Tony Dungy expects to reach a decision on his future with the Colts by next Monday. The Colts have communicated their desire for Dungy to return and even Dungy says he hopes to do so, but will only make the choice after talking to his family. See what else Dungy had to say about his time-line and decision-making process, in this feature from

Colts look to next season
Monday, January 14, 1:09 p.m.

Last night marked the Colts' last game of the 2007 season and the last game to ever be played in the RCA Dome. Now all the Colts can do is look to the 2008 season. Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke to the media after the game, see what he had to say about the game and what's next for the Colts, in this feature from and see what you think.

Mistakes stop Colts' run
Monday, January 14, 1:07 p.m.

Just as was the case earlier in the season, the Colts weren't defeated by the San Diego Chargers yesterday, they were beat by their own mistakes. Tony Dungy's frustration was unusually visible from the sideline, as he watched his team repeatedly make the sorts of mental errors he harps on every week. Questions are starting arise as which was the biggest mistake, check out his feature from and see what you think.

Defense takes a step backwards
Monday, January 14, 1:05 p.m.

Yesterday, in their loss to San Diego, the 2007 Colts defense wasn't on the field. It instead was replaced by the 2006-regular-season defense that had difficulty covering deep, missed or didn't complete tackles, and was unable to apply pressure to the opposing quarterback. See what the members of the Colts' defense had to say following the game, in this feature.

Colts couldn't close the deal
Monday, January 14, 9:25 a.m.

Possibly the worst part of yesterday's loss to the Chargers, was that the Colts made the same kinds of mistakes as the last time they played San Diego. The Colts were given a rare shot at redemption yesterday, but they weren't able to seal the deal when given the opportunity. There were a few bright spots, but ultimately the Colts' season is over and that overshadows everything. See what the Colts and their coach had to say about yesterday's game, in this article from

Dungy holding steady
Monday, January 14, 9:20 a.m.

Following a loss like the one the Colts suffered yesterday, it would be easy for head coach Tony Dungy to make a quick decision about retirement in an emotional moment. Dungy didn't allow himself to do anything like that, instead sticking to his even-keel nature and said his plan was still the same: talk to his family, talk to the Colts, go from there. See what Dungy's players had to say about him following yesterday's game, in this feature from

Harrison's return anticlimactic
Monday, January 14, 9:18 a.m.

In the past, if WR Marvin Harrison didn't put up big numbers in a game it was because he took on double-coverages that freed up other players. This week, it was something else. Fans were hopeful as the offense returned to full strength for the first time in four months, but it never found its rhythm and had difficulty finishing drives. See what Harrison and QB Peyton Manning had to say about Harrison's contribution yesterday, here.

"I'm sorry..."
Monday, January 14, 9:15 a.m.

The Colts didn't have much to say to the media or even one another after their loss yesterday. Two words that could be heard were: "I'm sorry," coming from the mouth of Peyton Manning as he shook hands with teammates. Find out what he and some other Colts did have to say following the game, in this feature.

The journey begins today
Sunday, January 13, 10:32 a.m.

The Colts begin their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions today. They've battled through injuries, finished atop one of the league's toughest divisions, and enjoyed some hard-earned time off. The journey begins today, check out this feature from and see how the Colts are feeling!

Defensive starters on special teams
Sunday, January 13, 10:29 a.m.

In an effort to bolster the Colts' inconsistent special teams units, some defensive starters will be filling. The Colts usually keep their starters out of special teams plays, but as CB Marlin Jackson says, "It's kind of like 'all hands on deck' time." Find out more, in this feature from!

Colts quiet, yet confident
Sunday, January 13, 10:26 a.m.

Possibly no Super Bowl champion who is prepared to defend their title has been neglected as much as the Colts. The Colts however, have always been a team that doesn't mind avoiding the hype. Despite the lack of attention, they're every bit as confident as last season that they can win the Super Bowl. See what they have to say, in this feature from the New York Post!

Why will the Colts win?
Sunday, January 13, 10:23 a.m.

As long as the Colts do not repeat their performance from earlier this season against the Chargers, analysts are confident they'll emerge victorious. The Chargers have a lot of talented players on both offense and defense, but do they have what it takes to keep up with Indy? Check out this feature and find out!

Wayne creates unique challenge
Saturday, January 12, 1:34 p.m.

Everyone knew WR Reggie Wayne was a very good receiver, but you always had to be more concerned with Marvin Harrison. This season, due to Harrison's injury, Wayne has taken his game to another level in an effort to pick up the slack left in Harrison's absence. With the return of Harrison this week, the Colts essentially have two No. 1-caliber receivers. How are defenses going to handle that? Check out this feature from and see what they had think!

D-line eager
Saturday, January 12, 1:31 p.m.

The Colts' defensive line is chomping at the bit, after several starters taking a few games off to rest up. They'll be looking to fluster and get after San Diego quarterback, Philip Rivers, this week. Check out this feature from and see what they had to say about this weekends game!

Team has a different look this season
Saturday, January 12, 1:28 p.m.

Last year, the Colts offense carried its struggling defense to the postseason. This season, due to the team's bought with injuries, things changed a little bit. The Colts defense has been the difference maker in a lot of their games, continuing their high-level of play that began in last year's playoff run. This has had a profound effect on the team's confidence and the way they approach an opponent. Find out how, in this article from the Washington Post!

Sanders worthy of special attention
Saturday, January 12, 1:23 p.m.

When an opponent prepares their offense to face the Indianapolis Colts' defense, they're forced to plan with at least one specific player in mind. Sometimes Bob Sanders looks more like a small, blue and white missile than a man, and he is a player opposing teams have to respect. See just how big of a factor Sanders is, in this feature!

Johnson making the most of opportunity
Saturday, January 12, 10:35 a.m.

When the Colts signed defensive tackle Ed Johnson, they were familiar with his background issues and gave him an ultimatum: "If you get out of line, you're gone tomorrow." Johnson has heeded that warning, cleaned up his act, and stepped up to become the only defensive tackle to start all 16 games for the Colts. He had to work through a lot to get where he is today, check out his story, here!

Dungy, Colts fired up
Saturday, January 12, 10:31 a.m.

They've had time to rest and collect themselves. They've had a week of good practice and are the healthiest they've been in four months. Now, Colts head coach Tony Dungy says, the Colts are fired up and ready to play. Dungy has been very happy with the team's practices this week and says they players seem anxious to take on the Chargers. Check out this feature from! and find out what else Dungy had to say about the team's preparation this week!

Keiaho rooting against old team
Saturday, January 12, 10:28 a.m.

The last time the Colts and the Chargers played - prior to the 2007 season - Colts LB Freddy Keiaho was in the stands cheering on the Chargers as they upset the 2005 Colts' shot at a perfect season. Keiaho missed the Colts' regular-season game against San Diego earlier this season and found himself cheering against his old team for a change, but now, he hopes to contribute to their loss. See what Freddy had to say about rooting against the Chargers and his production this season, in this feature from The San Diego Union-Tribune!

Chargers' linebackers have key role
Saturday, January 12, 10:23 a.m.

The Chargers' linebackers have a lot resting on their shoulders this week. It will be up to them to shut down the Colts' running game and force the Colts to be one dimensional, yet not let the Colts' tight ends get open in the middle of the field. See what the linebacking corps are anticipating and planning for, in this feature from!

Colts pass offense good to go
Friday, January 11, 6:50 p.m.

For the first time in four months, the Colts are prepared to bring their entire passing attack into a game. The first-round bye gave the Colts some much-needed time to get players healthy and ready to play. Check out this feature from and see how the Colts are feeling about their passing attack returning to full strength!

Battle of the secondaries
Friday, January 11, 6:50 p.m.

One thing the Colts and Chargers have in common are prolific secondaries. These units could be the difference makers for their respective teams, especially the Colts who are built to take a lead and force their opponents to play catch-up by throwing the ball. See what both units bring to the table and how it will impact the outcome of the game, in this feature from AOL Sports!

Gates officially doubtful
Friday, January 11, 6:47 p.m.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates has officially been declared "doubtful" for this weekend's game against the Colts. Gates made the trip to Indiana with the team today, but has not practiced all this week. A classification of "doubtful" indicates that there is a 75 percent chance that the player will not play.

Keeping things normal
Friday, January 11, 6:44 p.m.

While it's important to recognize the extra pressure of the NFL postseason, players cannot let it get to them. Both the Colts and the Chargers know the importance of keeping a clear head and playing sound football in the postseason, so what are they doing to remain calm and focused? Find out, in this feature!

Colts vs. Bolts
Friday, January 11, 6:42 p.m.

Both the Colts and the Chargers present their own areas of strength, but how does the opposition match up against those strengths? Check out this feature for this weekend's key match-ups and what you can expect to see as they battle it out!

Rookies say they're ready
Friday, January 11, 3:37 p.m.

As the Colts gear up for their postseason debut, the veteran players have been talking to the younger members of the squad about the extra pressure associated with the playoffs. The rookies have been listening and they say they won't let the added intensity get to them. Find out what they had to say as they get ready for their first NFL postseason game, in this feature from!

Colts sign new linebacker
Friday, January 11, 3:31 p.m.

The Colts made another move in preparation for next season today. Middle linebacker, Kyle Shotwell, who played at Cal Poly signed a three-year deal with the team. Shotwell well was signed by the Oakland Raiders and then cut the week before the 2007 regular season began and has spent the last five weeks on the practice squad of the Philadelphia Eagles. Find out more about Shotwell and his deal here!

Colts full of home-bred heroes
Friday, January 11, 3:25 p.m.

A key component of the Colts' success has been their ability to prepare their players to respond when needed. The Colts are making a habit of grabbing players early, training them, then getting them into the starting roster, and the results cannot be ignored. Check out this feature from for more on this system, and learn a very interesting piece of Colts trivia at the same time!

Offense readjusting
Friday, January 11, 3:21 p.m.

When the Colts' leading receiver, Marvin Harrison, went down with a knee injury, the team had to learn to play without him. It took time, but the Colts found new ways to win. Now the offense is readjusting with Harrison's return. See what the Colts have to say about Harrison's return and what they expect, in this feature from!

Sanders keeps family close
Friday, January 11, 3:18 p.m.

After receiving the news that he had been named Defensive Player of the Year, two of the first people to hear the news were Bob Sanders' mother and father. Sanders' parents still attend every home game and on Sunday he will show them, and the rest of the country, why he deserves his award. Check out this feature from and see how Sanders became the ferocious player and leader that he is!

Chargers hopeful for Gates' return
Thursday, January 10, 5:36 p.m.

It is a day-to-day process, but the Chargers are still hopeful that TE Antonio Gates will be able to play this weekend. Gates missed practice yesterday, but his coach says his rehab is going well. Get a full update on Gates' situation, in this feature from!

Dungy keeps mind on the present
Thursday, January 10, 5:34 p.m.

As in years past, head coach Tony Dungy says he plans to sit down and talk to his wife and children about the possibility of retiring from coaching at the conclusion of this season. Until then though, Dungy refuses to offer any speculation on the matter, choosing to instead keep his focus on the task at hand. Take a look at this article for a glimpse at what Dungy had to say on the topic of retirement!

Manning, Vinateiri looking to set the record straight
Thursday, January 10, 5:32 p.m.

QB Peyton Manning and kicker Adam Vinateiri have an opportunity, rarely presented in the National Football League. After uncharacteristic lapses in performance, these two have a chance to set the record straight when the Colts host the Chargers on Sunday afternoon. Check out this feature and see what they, and other teammates, have a chance to take back!

Colts played through pain
Thursday, January 10, 1:32 p.m.

If you sum up Indianapolis' season in a single word, one option would be pain. The Colts suffered an injury epidemic this season, but persevered through it. Now, thanks to some amazing play by their backups, the Colts find themselves poised to make a run at defending their Super Bowl title. See how the Colts' coaches - specifically defensive coordinator Ron Meeks - dealt with the Colts' injury problems this season, in this feature!

Colts played through pain
Thursday, January 10, 1:32 p.m.

If you sum up Indianapolis' season in a single word, one option would be pain. The Colts suffered an injury epidemic this season, but persevered through it. Now, thanks to some amazing play by their backups, the Colts find themselves poised to make a run at defending their Super Bowl title. See how the Colts' coaches - specifically defensive coordinator Ron Meeks - dealt with the Colts' injury problems this season, in this feature!

Mathis most underrated player in the league?
Thursday, January 10, 1:29 p.m.

When you play alongside the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, it's easy to get overlooked. DE Robert Mathis, however, doesn't let it get to him and quietly goes about reeking havoc all over the field. Mathis is regarded as one of the league's most underrated players by his teammates, find out why they think that and what they had to say about him in this feature from The Journal Gazette!

Manning is still human
Thursday, January 10, 1:26 p.m.

While he would rather forget it ever happened, QB Peyton Manning has been hit with a wave of questions about his performance against San Diego earlier this season. Manning still takes all the credit for his six interceptions, revealing a startling fact: Peyton Manning is human. Even the great Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks have their share of bad games, so why shouldn't Peyton? See what he and others are expecting from him as he prepares to take on the Chargers again, in this feature!

Colts to alter special teams coverage
Thursday, January 10, 11:06 a.m.

Colts head coach Tony Dungy confirmed yesterday that he would bolster the Colts' coverage units by adding some starters not normally featured on special teams. Dungy wouldn't name any specifics, but mentioned the linebackers were likely candidates. See what he and some other Colts had to say about the special teams play in the playoffs, in this feature from

Can Rivers outgun Manning?
Thursday, January 10, 11:02 a.m.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers hasn't exactly been a model of consistent play, but when he's hot, he's hot. Recently Rivers has been playing well enough to lead his team to victory to close out the regular season and get San Diego their first playoff victory since 1994. With the way the Colts faired against the Chargers earlier this season, is it possible Rivers could actually outgun Peyton Manning in this weekend's matchup? Check out this feature from and see what they had to say!

Colts still the champs
Thursday, January 10, 10:59 a.m.

The fact that the Colts have been forgotten as the defending Super Bowl champs might not come as a surprise to Colts fans. The lack of boasting of their accomplishments was headed by the Colts themselves this season, who opted to lay aside their Super Bowl rings so as not to distract them from their mission of a repeat. See how the Colts have been avoiding the spotlight, in this feature from The San Diego Union-Tribune!

Colts feel extra energy
Thursday, January 10, 10:55 a.m.

There was an extra buzz in the Colts' practice facility yesterday, as they began their preparation for their first playoff game. The added pressure of the postseason often translates into excitement for players. See how the Colts felt during their practice yesterday, in this feature from!

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