Player Notes and Quotes: Nov. 12

Check in with Scout.com for the latest news, notes and quotes on the Indianapolis Colts! Find out what the status of Kelvin Hayden is, how Reggie Wayne is holding up after taking a beating the last couple of weeks, how rookies Mike Pollak and Pierre Garcon are developing in their roles, and more!

QB Peyton Manning

Manning orchestrated the 34th game-winning drive of his career Sunday in Pittsburgh. Also, Manning was sacked twice in an eight-pass-attempt stretch against the Steelers after going sackless in the previous three games and 118 dropbacks.

Manning is also up for the FedEx Air Player of the Week Award for his 21-of-40, 240-yard, three-touchdown performance Sunday.

Fans can vote for Manning here. This is the second nomination for Manning this year and if he wins, a $1,000 donation will go to the local Safe Kids coalition in Indianapolis. Voting ends on Friday at 11 a.m.

DT Daniel Muir

Muir (hamstring) might be able to practice Wednesday. Muir missed the Pittsburgh game after incurring the injury in practice last week.

WR Reggie Wayne

Wayne posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and 24th of his career. Wayne hauled in a team-high six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. However, Wayne suffered a sprained ankle in the Pittsburgh game. He is expected to play Sunday against Houston, but his practice time this week may be limited.

"Reggie got rolled up on the one ball that was incomplete (against Pittsburgh), an ankle sprain," coach Tony Dungy said, adding that Wayne has been battling minor injuries suffered in the last two games. "He's gotten banged up a little bit the last two weeks. He finds a way to keep going. I don't know much he'll be able to practice (this week). But my sense is he'll be ready on Sunday."

TE Tom Santi

Santi (shoulder) sat out practice last week and was a pregame inactive against the Steelers. He may be cleared to return to practice sometime this week, but his status for the Houston game on Sunday won't be updated until later this week.

WR Anthony Gonzalez

Gonzalez continues to make progress as he has become an integral part of the Colts' passing offense this season.

"He's doing better. He really did well for his first year. Had he not been injured and missed that amount of time, I think he was starting to come on. He played great in the San Diego (playoff) game last year, and he picked up where he left off. He's learned a lot about what we do, which makes it easier," Dungy said recently.

"Now, you can spend a lot of time studying the other team, the types of coverages you're going to get and who's playing against you. I think that's where he's made a great deal of progress, just understanding the little adjustments that you have to make in a play on the field based on the coverages you are getting and the circumstances of the game."

TE Dallas Clark

Clark has been seeing the football a bit more over the last month, but that's to be expected when opposing defenses are gearing their pass defense to stop the team's wide receivers. "It's partly our wide receivers being healthy and attracting attention and getting some favorable matchups inside, plus the fact that he's playing well. The middle of the field can be big when people are really trying to take away your outside receivers," coach Tony Dungy said.

RB Dominic Rhodes

Rhodes will continue to play behind starter Joseph Addai. Rhodes has played relatively well as Addai's backup this season but despite calls by fans for him to take over on a regular basis, he will still split the workload.

"Every game is different. But, yes, we would anticipate Dom getting more carries," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.

DE Dwight Freeney

Freeney has been more than a little frustrated over the last couple of seasons. A foot injury limited his playing time last year and this year he had recorded just three sacks through the first eight games. But he came up with a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery against the Steelers.

"Dwight played well. He was a little frustrated. He wasn't having a lot of production the last couple of weeks," coach Tony Dungy said. "We felt like if we could take away their running game and get them in situations where they had to throw, we'd have a chance to rush them. He rushed well. He had two sacks, missed a couple of sacks, but was much more like the Dwight we're used to seeing."

CB Keiwan Ratliff

Ratliff has been a major surprise with his performance since taking over for Marlin Jackson as a starter against New England. Ratliff had been cut twice earlier this season but has played well against the Patriots and Pittsburgh.

"Keiwan's a smart player. He has great ball skills. He has a lot of things you look for. He's had that perseverance that a coach appreciates. When he's the last guy on the totem pole and gets released, you say, "Hey, stay alive. Leave us your phone number. If we can get some guys healthy, we'll bring you back.' He's always done that," the Colts coach said.

"He's been ready. He hasn't looked at it like, "Gee, they're mistreating me.' When we call him, he's ready to go, and he's come in and played well with not too much notice the last two weeks."

CB Kelvin Hayden

Hayden (hamstring) hopes to be back in practice this week. But the Colts are going to make sure he doesn't rush back and further complicate his recovery. Team officials want to make sure that he is 100 percent before getting back in a game situation.

"We'll look at (his injury and recovery) and see. Hopefully, he'll be able to practice on Wednesday. I'd say it's still iffy right now, but it would be nice to get him back," coach Tony Dungy said.

Hayden also underwent a medical procedure early last month to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but that injury has healed sufficiently to allow him to play. Hayden re-injured his hamstring after he returned to practice from the knee injury.

OG Mike Pollak

Pollak continues to get better as a starter for the Colts. Pollak got off to a slow start this season due to a knee injury suffered in training camp, which forced him to be sidelined early in the regular season.

"Mike's doing OK. He still has things that he has to learn, and it's a new experience. He had a lot of stuff coming at him (Sunday), and he handled it OK. Every week he's making improvement and doing well. He's going to be a very, very good player when he really learns everything that's going on, but he's doing well," the Colts coach said.

WR Pierre Garcon

Garcon remains as the Colts' primary kickoff returner. Garcon, a rookie, is still learning the nuances of returning kicks in the NFL.

"Pierre's learning. He's learning about the decision making," coach Tony Dungy said. "He's an excellent runner, but part of what you have to do as a returner is decision making, when to handle the ball, when to fair catch, when to take a touchback, when you can try to bounce it outside, all of those different things that you have to make split-second decisions. Part of that is just doing it more and more. He's doing well."


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