COLTS IN CANTON: The Colts are going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. The National Football League recently announced that the Colts will face the Washington Redskins in the annual Hall of Fame Game, which is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 3 (8 p.m.) at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
This year's game will be telecast nationally by NBC.
It will be Indianapolis' first appearance in the Hall of Fame Game since the 1996 preseason and it will be the fourth overall for the franchise, a 10-3 win over the New Orleans Saints.
The Colts also played in the game in 1964 (posting a 48-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers) and 1982 (dropping a 30-14 decision to the Minnesota Vikings).
"We are pleased to be chosen to play in this year's (Hall of Fame) game," team president Bill Polian said. "The Hall of Fame weekend in Canton is one of the NFL's annual noteworthy events. People who count themselves as football fans should make it a point to visit the Hall to enjoy the exhibits that portray the history and the individuals who have helped make the NFL what it is today."
Tony Dungy will be making his third trip to the Hall of Fame Game this year
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Polian and Colts head coach Tony Dungy will both be making their third trips to the Hall of Fame Game. Polian went to the game as the general manager of both the Buffalo Bills in 1989 and Carolina Panthers in 1995. He also presented former Buffalo head coach Marv Levy at his Hall of Fame induction in 2001.
Dungy, meanwhile, was an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983 and returned to the game as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach in 1998.
TRAINING CAMP UPDATE: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., remains in the mix to host another Indianapolis Colts training camp, but team officials have been looking at other possible venues for the preseason workouts.
Indianapolis conducted training camp at Anderson (Ind.) University from 1984-1998 and has been at the Rose-Hulman campus since 1999. The contract between the Colts and school officials expired at the conclusion of the 2007 training camp.
"It's very much up in the air. Hopefully it will get resolved sometime soon. It's going to have to. We're long past the point where it should have been resolved. So we're getting to the point of no return. And we won't go past it," team president Bill Polian said.
"(Terre Haute) is still in the mix. But I wouldn't say it's a done deal by any means."
MEDICAL WATCH: S Bob Sanders underwent shoulder surgery the week prior to the Super Bowl. He is expected to be back fully ready to go by the time the regular season starts.
Reports say Dwight Freeney's rehab will have him ready for the season
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— WR Marvin Harrison missed most of the 2007 regular with a left knee injury, but he recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He remains hopeful of being ready for the start of training camp.
Harrison, who played in the AFC divisional playoff game with San Diego after missing the final 10 regular season games (and 11 of the last 12) continues to rehab his left knee.
— DE Dwight Freeney (foot) is expected to be ready to go by the start of the regular season. He underwent surgery after suffering a season-ending LisFranc injury Nov. 11.
— LB Rob Morris (knee) and DT Anthony "Booger" McFarland (knee) are continuing their rehab efforts and hope to be ready by the season opening weekend.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Given the quality of the draft — which I already know given the tremendously large number of juniors that are coming in will be deeper than it's been in quite some time — we're going to get a very good player, maybe one comparable to Gonzo (wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, selected 32nd overall last year) although not at the same position, where we're picking in the second round." — Colts team president Bill Polian on what he expects Indianapolis to accomplish in the upcoming NFL Draft.