Indianapolis Colts Training Camp Blog

ColtPower.com provides coverage of the Indianapolis Colts training camp at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. Get all the news, notes and links from around the web in our Colts training camp blog! Latest update: Friday, 2:20 p.m.

Marvin to start Saturday:
Friday, Aug. 8, 2:20 p.m.

Great news today regarding Marvin Harrison: Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star is reporting that Harrison will start Saturday's game at Carolina.

Also, check out this photo gallery I created with one of Scout.com's new tools. I'll be using this a lot this season to get some more good photos out to everyone instead of just one or two in each story.

The Colts have added another pair of linebackers this week. Check out Brad Keller's scouting report on the newest Colts.

Reviewing the rookies:
Thursday, Aug. 7, 9:15 a.m.

Brad Keller took a look at the rookies in the Hall of Fame game and offers some thoughts on their performance. Check out Brad's analysis here.

Other links:

• Reggies Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel speculates if the Brett Favre situation could happen someday with Peyton Manning.

• The Indianapolis Star has a feature on the cohesiveness of the defensive backs.

Hart turning heads:
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m.

Check out this piece for Dungy's comments on Mike Hart and some analysis. I was pleasantly surprised by Hart on Sunday night, especially since I have been more critical of him than others.

Some other Colts links for today ...

• The Indianapolis Star is reporting that the Colts have signed another linebacker, Dedrick Harrington. The Colts cut Adam Crossett, who was signed to help rest Adam Vinatieri's leg in the preseason. Crossett spent just five days with the team, but did make a field goal in Sunday's game vs. Washington.

Brandon Archer is hurt already. That makes six linebackers on the shelf currently. The Colts need to get these guys healthy, fast.

• There are still preseason tickets available for the Bills and Bengals preseason games.

• Onrea Jones made a nice touchdown catch Sunday, and got a nice story written about him in hometown paper.

• Brad Keller broke down the game film from Sunday's game and has an extensive report on all the rookies, so look for that later today.

And we're back!
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 10:40 a.m.

I've done a really poor job of updating this blog lately. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check Brad Keller's What We Learned with reactions from the Hall of Fame game.

Brad also took an early look at the NFC North, the division the Colts will play in nonconference games this season.

We've also got Tony Dungy's comments from Tuesday's training camp practice as the Colts got back to work to prepare for Saturday's game against Carolina.

We'll have more updates later today.

Manning knee update:
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2:20 p.m.

Mike Chappell with the Indianapolis Star got a few minutes with Bill Polian this morning and got an update on Peyton Manning's knee.

The team has a goal of Aug. 15 for Manning's return, and the risk of infection seems to be gone.

Chappell also notes that Michael Coe and Philip Wheeler had knee surgery. Looks like we won't get to see Wheeler for a while. Suddenly, what was looking like a pretty decent group of linebackers is being stretched awful thin.

More roster maneuvering:
Sunday, August 3, 12:20 p.m.

The Colts made a couple more roster moves yesterday, waiving tackle Tala Esera to make room for punter Adam Crossett.

Apparently, some people gamble on preseason games. The Colts are a six-point underdog in today's game.

On roster moves and Redskins:
Saturday, August 2, 1:20 p.m.

Despite speculation that the Colts might re-acquire Rob Morris, given the recent slew of injuries to linebackers, the Colts went a different direction Friday, re-signing linebacker Brandon Archer.

Archer showed aggressiveness and contributed on special teams last year, and he knows the Colts' system. At this point, he looks like little more than a stopgap, but he managed to hold a roster spot for most of last season, so don't rule him out this year, either.

The preseason officially kicks off tomorrow with the Hall of Fame game against the Washington Redskins. Brad Keller points out five players to keep an eye on in this feature.

Looking at Lorenzen and linebackers:
Friday, August 1, 1:30 p.m.

Check out Brad Keller's scouting report on Jared Lorenzen on today's front page.

Also, in yesterday's camp notebook, Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune Star talks about the injuries to Clint Session and Gary Brackett and discusses the possibility of the Colts bringing Rob Morris back.

It also looks like we won't get a chance to see Marvin Harrison in Sunday's Hall of Fame game against the Redskins. Mike Chappell of the Indy Star is reporting that Harrison will sit out, along with Peyton Manning, Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney, Ryan Lilja, Brackett, Session, and Tyjuan Hagler.

On running backs, rivals, radio and retiring:
Wednesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m.

Sadly, the news broke last night that defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock has retired. It's too bad, as Pitcock had a lot of potential and would have been a big part of the rotation for the Colts. Now the team will have to find that help from somewhere else.

Will this mean Raheem Brock will move back from defensive end? What does it mean for some of the undrafted free agents, like Eric Foster and Colin Farrell? We'll try to find some answers in the next few weeks.

Other items of note this morning:

• A sizing-up of the running back situation, based on recent quotes from Tony Dungy and Joseph Addai.

• Brad Keller takes an early look at the rest of the AFC South — who got better, who stayed in place, who took a step back. Take a look at what Brad thinks. Do you agree? Let us know in the forums.

• isamuelson posted a nice thread about Sirius Red Zone Live radio being at Colts camp yesterday. Check it out here.

Here's a nice column with some humor from the Anderson Herald-Bulletin's Mike Beas.

• Anybody realize that Pierre Garcon is returning to his college stomping ground this weekend? Me neither.

Dungy dishes:
Tuesday, July 29, 9:00 p.m.

It was a little bit of cloak-and-dagger at the Colts training camp today as Peyton Manning came to Terre Haute, but remained sequestered for the time being, away from the team and media.

"That's the ‘Where's Waldo' question," coach Tony Dungy said of Manning's whereabouts. "Peyton is doing fine and he is here, he's immobilized. We don't want a lot of people trying to see him, that's why we are not saying exactly where he is, but he's here in town."

Dungy also spoke about what is shaping up to be a pretty good battle for the wide receiver spots behind Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez.

"... you've got a lot of guys that do different things that are doing some good things," Dungy said. "Roy Hall, Onrea Jones has been with us, Devin Aromashodu and those guys kind of know the ropes. Then you've got guys like Courtney (Roby), Pierre Garcon and Sam Giguere that have a lot of talent and they are just trying to find their way. It's going to be limited spots and everybody does something a little different; special teams, returning, covering kicks, playing in the slot, playing outside. And we will see who does the most for us."

Click here to read the rest of Dungy's comments, including more on Manning and the wide receivers, from Tuesday's practice.

Also check out this story from FoxSports.com's Randy Hill, who points out one thing every NFL team can be happy about — and one thing to start worrying about — as the season gets underway.

Manning on the move:
Tuesday, July 29, 12:20 p.m.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Peyton Manning is in Terre Haute, but he's not at practice yet. Thanks to rojonick for pointing this out.

We've got a free Scout.com feature recapping the first weekend of camp up here. It's got reports on all the draft pick and injuries, as well.

Gray area:
Tuesday, July 29, 9:55 a.m.

Good morning, Colts fans!

Interested in another perspective on Quinn Gray? Brad Keller talked to Charlie Bernstein, the editor of JagNation.com, about the Colts new quarterback. Charlie isn't real high on Gray, but you can read his thoughts and Brad's rebuttal here.

Some other links for Tuesday morning:

• Mike Chappell of the Indy Star has a story about Quinn Pitcock's absence.

• Tailgaters will be interested in this story, also from the Indy Star.

• Here's a story on former Colt Marcus Pollard, who's trying to catch on with the Patriots.

• Pete Prisco of CBSSportsline.com addresses the apparent rumor that the Colts have "regressed."

Schedule speculating:
Monday, 11:25 p.m.

Check out Part Two of Brad Keller's breakdown of the Colts' 2008 schedule here.

Also, we've got Dungy's quotes from this morning's practice available here for subscribers. Still no word on what's up with Quinn Pitcock, and still no sign of Peyton Manning in Terre Haute.

Tracking turnovers:
Sunday, 11:55 p.m.

Family duties called for much of the weekend, so I haven't been able to post an update here since yesterday morning.

However, some of our ColtPower regulars made it to camp this weekend and posted their impressions and thoughts in the forums. Check here, here, and here to see what's buzzing in the forums!

Quinn Pitcock has still not reported to camp, and it's unclear when or if he will join the team. When Tony Dungy was asked Saturday if Pitcock would be at camp this week, he said,""We don't know exactly. He is excused for a personal thing he is taking care of, and when he gets back he'll be back."

Previously, Dungy said he would have an update on Pitcock's status on Monday.

Finally, Scout.com expert Ed Thompson has a very interesting analysis of the correlation between turnovers and wins. Not surprisingly, the Colts and Patriots have been the best in the league in this category in the NFL the last five years. Click here to read Ed's analysis.

Check back on Monday for more updates and the rest of Dungy's comments from Saturday, as well as Part Two of Brad Keller's schedule analysis. If you missed Part One, you can read it right here.

Dungy divulges
Saturday, 10:40 a.m.

After practice Friday, Tony Dungy was encouraged by the way Marvin Harrison looked on the field. "Marvin did fine," Dungy said. "He did all of his work and took his normal turns. We are going to see how it goes and see how he progresses, but for the first day it was encouraging. It was good to see him out there really smiling and just running easily."

Dungy went on to reveal a few other things, like that Robert Mathis and Gary Brackett are both going to be held to one practice a day for the time being.

He also mentioned the Quinn Pitcock isn't in camp because of personal reasons, and that to expect an update about Pitcock after the weekend.

Click here to read more comments from Dungy.

Some good injury news Saturday, July 26, 9:50 a.m.

With five starters on the PUP list — including Peyton Manning, Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders — the Colts needed some good news regarding injuries as training camp got underway.

They got it in the form of Marvin Harrison, who by all accounts sounded like he was back in his old form, after a knee injury sidelined him for most of 2007.

"It was fantastic," Jeff Saturday said about having Harrison back. "You see him out there running routes and catching balls. You definitely feel a sense of security when you look out there and you see someone as good as Marvin out there catching balls. I was real glad to see he was back. He's ready to rock. You can tell he's excited. I think that really motivates Marvin when people challenge him and talk about him. I think he's ready to go."

More roster moves
Friday, July 25, 9:40 a.m.

The Colts made a couple of other roster moves Thursday that didn't get attention until Friday morning.

The team waived two of its undrafted free agents, quarterback Adam Tafralis and wide receiver Rudy Burgess.

The team also released its Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list for the start of training camp. Included on the list were Peyton Manning, Ryan Lilja, Tyjaun Hagler, Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney and Tom Santi.

The six players all count towards the total of 80 the team can have in Terre Haute, so the team is a bit shorthanded. It goes without saying that the Colts are hoping to get these guys healthy as quickly as possible.

"Every year, that's our goal"
Thursday, July 24, 11:55 p.m.

In looking over some of the quotes from the Colts players upon arriving Thursday, it was easy to like the feistiness shown by defensive captain Gary Brackett.

When asked if it was a Super Bowl or bust year for the Colts, he responded, "It's always Super Bowl or bust. Are you kidding me? That's what we play the game for. We're built for a championship type team. Every year, that is our goal."

Sounds like Brackett is going to be all business in camp this season.

Most of the players didn't seem too concerned about Peyton Manning being out with an injury for the first time in his career.

When asked how long it will take the offense to get its rhythm back when Manning returns, Saturday said, "Two days. I give him two days. It may not even be 48 hours. By the second day, we'll be full tilt. If you knew how many balls he threw in the offseason, how many routes were run, how much offense has been run up to this ... It may even be day one, but definitely by day two we'll be full cylinder."

Click here to read more of what the players had to say Thursday.

Manning "following doctor's orders"
Thursday, July 24, 9:52 p.m.

In taking a closer look at Peyton Manning's conference call with the media Thursday, he didn't sound as confident about his return as fans may have hoped.

Will he be ready for the opener against the Chicago Bears?

"It's really hard for me to say," Manning said Thursday. "I've really tried to take this on a day-to-day or two or three days and try to make some progress as it goes along. Like I said, at this point I really haven't been able to do a whole lot ... I certainly hope, like Coach Dungy said (Tuesday), that it's closer to four weeks than six weeks."

You can read the rest of Manning's comments to the media here.

In more positive news, check out Scout.com NFL Expert Ed Thompson's feature on Colts rookie Curtis Johnson.

Johnson had his choice of teams to sign with after the NFL Draft ended, but ended up picking the Colts, in part because other teams wanted to convert him to linebacker and the Colts like small, quick defensive ends.

Take a look at Ed's interview and get to know Curtis before seeing what he can do on the field.

Thursday, July 24, 8:30 p.m.
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The anticipation leading into training camp was tempered a bit by the announcement that Peyton Manning underwent a minor knee surgery earlier this month and is expected to miss a couple of weeks of the preseason.

Manning spoke with the media earlier today and sounded disappointed to not be there with his team.

"I've never missed a practice or a meeting or an organized team activity in my whole career, and I'm certainly disappointed I can't be there with all the guys on the first day of training camp," the Colts quarterback said.

Meanwhile, Jim Sorgi will guide the offense through its paces in the early part of camp, but the Colts also signed two more quarterbacks, Quinn Gray, formerly of Jacksonville and Houston, and Jared Lorenzen, a former backup with the New York Giants, to provide depth until Manning is ready to go.

The Colts have had a flurry of activity in the past 36 hours, signing all nine of their draft picks in just a day and a half: guard Mike Pollak, linebacker Philip Wheeler, tight end Jacob Tamme, defensive end Marcus Howard, tight end Tom Santi, center Steve Justice, running back Mike Hart, wide receiver Pierre Garcon and guard Jamey Richard.

The Colts also said goodbye to a pair of players Thursday, placing quarterback Josh Betts and guard Mike Elgin on waivers. In addition to Lorenzen and Gray, the team also signed offensive lineman, Doug Datish, a player they claimed off waivers earlier this month.

Stay tuned for more updates as the first weekend of the 2008 season gets underway!

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