Colts Notebook: Dec. 20

Scout.com reports on notes, quotes and numbers for the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

— QB Peyton Manning needs two touchdown passes over the Colts' final two regular season games to register his fourth season with 30 or more touchdown passes. Manning has 28 so far this year. He previously threw for 30 or more touchdowns in 2000 (33), 2004 (49), and 2006 (31).

If he gets those two touchdown passes, it would mark the first time in Manning's career that he has had back-to-back seasons with 30-or-more scoring throws in a season.

— RB Joseph Addai has already surpassed the total touchdown total from his rookie season in 2006. Last year, Addai had eight total TDs (seven rushing, one receiving). This year, he has 14 total touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving).

— While the Colts would love to see injured WR Marvin Harrison (knee) return in time for one of the team's two remaining regular season games, coach Tony Dungy remains steadfast in insisting that he will not rush Harrison back before he's ready to play.

"If he's able to go, he will," he said of Harrison, who has missed nine of the past 10 games with a knee injury. "When that is — I thought it might be this past week — we'll just have to see. If possible, we'd like to have him get in there and get some activity before the playoffs. We're hopeful. We think we will. But I couldn't say at this point that it'll happen."

—WR Reggie Wayne will lead the Colts in receiving in two of the team's last three seasons. Wayne has 82 pass receptions this year. He had 83 catches to lead the team during the 2005 season.

Wayne needs five catches over the last two games to pass his previous season high (86, 2006). His reception total has gone up every season since he has been with the team (27, 49, 68, 77, 83, 86).


Dallas Clark with Ryan Lilja
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— TE Dallas Clark's 51 catches this year is a single-season career high. He needs four to tie and five catches over the final two regular-season games to break the franchise record for tight ends of 55, set by John Mackey in 1967. Clark also needs one more touchdown catch to set the franchise single-season mark by a tight end. He has nine and is tied with Mackey (1966).

— LB Gary Brackett is tied for the team lead with four interceptions this year. That ties him with Mike Curtis (1972) and Bill Pellington (1958) as the second most interceptions in a season by a middle or inside linebacker in franchise history. Brackett needs one more interception to tie the franchise mark (five, Dick Szymanski, 1959; Curtis, 1970) or two to break the record.

— LB Freddy Keiaho was unofficially credited with 14 total tackles against Oakland. That would be a single-season career high for Keiaho, who is in his first year as a starter at weak side linebacker. He had 13 stops against Denver earlier in the year. His 10 solo tackles was also a single-season career best (he had nine against Jacksonville, 12/2).

— DE Jeff Charleston made his first-ever NFL start against the Raiders. Charleston, who was starting for injured DE Robert Mathis, netted a single-season career-best seven total tackles in the game.

— DE Josh Thomas has started the last six games for the Colts. Thomas, usually a backup, moved into the starting lineup with DE Dwight Freeney was lost for the season with a foot (LisFranc) injury. Three of Thomas' starts have come at left defensive end.

— LB Ramon Guzman is getting some work at defensive end for the Colts. Guzman has seen limited playing time at defensive end in the last two games. The undrafted rookie last played defensive end in high school. But the Indianapolis coaching staff likes his speed and athletic ability off the edge.

— WR Devon Aromashodu has played the last three games and has caught three passes this season, including two in last week's game at Oakland. Aromashodu spent most of last season on the Colts' practice squad but was released at the end of training camp. He was on the Houston Texans' practice squad earlier this year but was brought back to Indianapolis due to injuries at the position.


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