Player Notes and Quotes: Jan. 8

Scout.com checks in on the Colts with notes and quotes about the team as it heads into the offseason. See what Jeff Saturday is saying about his future with the team, how Gary Brackett is feeling, how rehab is coming along for players like Mike Hart and Michael Coe, and more!

— C Jeff Saturday is set to become a free agent in the offseason, and said he hopes to return in 2009.  "We'll see. Hopefully I'll be back here," he said. "(The Colts have) told me consistently that will be the case. We'll see how it works out. With the offseason about to crank up, so we'll see how it goes the next few weeks. Everybody's contract comes to an end at some point, so you've got to see how it's going to play out.

"I think I've played well here and continue to play well. I love the organization. Been here 10 years, so obviously you'd like to stay here. But it's a business. And whatever they decide, and what my wife and I decide for our family, that's the way we'll move forward."

— S Melvin Bullitt is hopeful that coach Tony Dungy will return for another season. "You can't replace coach Dungy," Bullitt said. "He's a great person and I'm not even speaking on coaching abilities. He's someone, you come to work and you like to see him there. If it's coach (Jim) Caldwell, he's a great person as well. I'm looking forward to whoever is going to be here. Hopefully it's coach Dungy."

— LB Gary Brackett on the Colts' playoff run ending so quickly: "It's always disappointing, but the reality is 31 teams are going to face this fate."

— QB Peyton Manning's 72-yard touchdown pass to WR Reggie Wayne in the AFC wild-card game with San Diego was the third longest scoring pass in postseason history for the Colts.

— LB Tyjuan Hagler started at weak-side linebacker against the Chargers. He ended the game with seven total tackles. It was his first start all season, missing games early in the year due to a torn pectoral muscle and later in the season with a sore knee.

— LB Gary Brackett missed the final four games of the regular season and the Colts' playoff loss to San Diego with a broken right fibula. Brackett, though, might have been able to play had Indianapolis moved past the Chargers. "We were getting close. I was on schedule with my recovery. I might have been able to practice this week if we had won the (San Diego) game," Brackett said.

— CB Kelvin Hayden would like to be back with the Colts in 2009. Hayden is set to become a free agent during the offseason. "Sure, I'd love to be back (in Indianapolis). But nobody knows what's going to happen. It's a business. And I have to do the best that I can for my family. But we'll see what happens," Hayden said.

— If all goes well, OG Ryan Lilja might be back in the starting lineup for the Colts next season. Lilja missed the entire 2008 season after undergoing surgery on his knee last spring. He spent most of the year on the team's reserve/physically unable to perform list.

— CB Michael Coe appears to be making good progress as he continues his rehab following early season knee surgery. Coe was hurt during training camp and missed the entire 2008 season.

— RB Mike Hart hopes to be back on the practice field by this spring. Hart was hurt against Baltimore on Oct. 12 and underwent knee surgery a few days later. His rehab is coming along well and on schedule.


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