Colts Camp Notes: July 29

Scout.com reports on news from the Indianapolis Colts training camp in Terre Haute, Indiana. Find out how the position battles are going, who looks good in camp so far, injury reports, and more!

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Charlie Johnson vs. rookie Mike Pollak for starting RG — With former starter Jake Scott now with the Tennessee Titans, Johnson has moved inside from offensive tackle, while Pollak has made the switch from center. Johnson began training camp working with the first team, but both have been receiving about an equal amount of work so far.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: DT Raheem Brock began his Colts career as a defensive end. He has started 27 games inside over the last two seasons, but it appears he's going to get more work at end this season. Brock will play some at left defensive end in the team's base defense, a spot where he started 54 games from 2002 to 2005.

The reason for the move is an effort to lighten the workload early in the season for returning RDE Dwight Freeney. Freeney missed the last half of the 2007 season due to a Lisfranc injury to his right foot. DE Robert Mathis, who took over for Brock at left end, could see work on the right side spelling Freeney.


Harrison has been back to his old form at camp so far
AP Photo/Darron Cummings

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR Marvin Harrison — Everyone wondered: Would/could Harrison be back to the form that he exhibited as a multiple Pro Bowl selection? It's early, but he certainly looks good so far. No noticeable limp or favoring of either knee. The quick cut moves were all there, as was his footwork.

The first play of a team segment on the first practice of training camp was a running play that featured Joseph Addai, exactly the same type of play that Harrison was injured on against Denver last season. He made his block and got out of the way.

ROOKIE REPORT: OG Mike Pollak (second round) is splitting time with veteran Charlie Johnson at right guard. He has played well so far, but it's too early to determine who's winning the battle for a starting job.

... LB Philip Wheeler (third round), whose sore knee has limited his practice time early in training camp, has gotten work primarily inside, but might find himself seeing time on the strong side as camp continues.

... TE Jacob Tamme (fourth round) is being given a full opportunity to replace Ben Utecht in the team's two-tight end alignment. He has struggled a bit in pass-blocking drills, but has displayed soft hands as a receiver.

... DE Marcus Howard (fifth round)is a quick, athletic defensive lineman who would appear to fit perfectly into the Colts' defensive pass-rush scheme. He has used his speed well so far in camp, but it's still early.

... TE Tom Santi (sixth round) has yet to practice and has been placed on the team's PUP list. He had surgery before training camp due to an infected bursa sac in his knee.

... C Steve Justice (sixth round) is splitting time with fellow rookie draft pick Jamey Richard as the primary backup to starter Jeff Saturday. He needs to work a bit on footwork, but has looked good so far in camp.

... RB Mike Hart (sixth round) is battling for a job as the team's No. 3 running back with Kenton Keith, Clifton Dawson and fellow rookie Chad Simpson.

...  WR Pierre Garcon (sixth round) has impressed the coaching staff with his athletic skills and his ability to raise his level of play. He appears to have made a good adjustment from playing against Division III competition in college.

... OG/C Jamey Richard (seventh round) has seen most of his work at center so far, but it's still early. He will work at both center and offensive guard for the time being, but has performed relatively well when given the opportunity.

INJURY REPORT: Six players, including DE Robert Mathis, MLB Gary Brackett, C Jeff Saturday, CB Tim Jennings, OT Ryan Diem and WR Marvin Harrison, will be limited to one practice per day for the time being.

Six players have been placed on the team's PUP list — G Ryan Lilja (knee), QB Peyton Manning (knee), DE Dwight Freeney (foot), rookie TE Tom Santi (knee), S Bob Sanders (shoulder) and SLB Tyjuan Hagler (torn pectoral muscle).

Tony Dungy said that Freeney and Sanders are continuing to do well during their rehabilitation period. "Right now, they're really on schedule. Our doctors, from the time they had their surgeries, we kind of pinpointed return times (to practice). And they're right now on schedule for those," he said. "We're trying to get both those guys ready for the first regular-season game. We anticipate they will be. How much they play during the preseason is up in the air. But there hasn't been anything all spring or now where we've said they've taken a step backwards or we're off the plan. So, so far right now, right on schedule."

S Melvin Bullitt suffered a sprained right thumb. Rookie LB Philip Wheeler, meanwhile, has experienced some soreness in his knee. "Wheeler has just irritation in the knee and (it's) a condition he's had that flared up. We're hoping that it's not too serious. Melvin Bullitt did have a little sprained thumb that they're going to have to work on. He's probably going to miss a few days, but nothing that should hold him out more than a week," the Colts coach said.


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