Player Notes and Quotes: Oct. 20

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— QB Peyton Manning's 73.5 completion percentage this year ranks as his best for his NFL career. In fact, his completion percentage has improved gradually over the past five seasons (65.0, 2006; 65.4, 2007; 66.8, 2008; 73.5, 2009). Manning has never had a season in which he completed at least 70 percent of his passes. His career best was 67.6 percent in 2004 (336 of 497).

— RB Joseph Addai says that he feels as good now as he has at a similar point of past seasons. Addai had offseason knee surgery and has begun to show more of the flash that he presented as a rookie in 2006. His burst has returned almost to where it was then.

— TE Dallas Clark has caught 19 touchdown passes since the start of the 2007 season and 32 since the beginning of the 2004 campaign. Clark has hauled in 170 passes since 2007.

— WR Reggie Wayne came into the 2009 season averaging 14.2 yards per reception. So far this year, Wayne has caught 32 passes for 459 yards. That's a 14.3-yard average. He has averaged at least 14 yards per catch in seven of his nine seasons in the league.

— WR Pierre Garcon lead all Colts receivers with a 19.6-yard average per catch. He is second on the team overall in yards per catch, right behind rookie RB Donald Brown's 19.7. Garcon has hauled in 11 passes so far this season, with two of those going for touchdowns.

— DT Fili Moala says that he is ready to step his game up. Moala was the Colts' second-round draft choice last spring but has been a pregame inactive for the first five games of the regular season. With the recent release of DT Ed Johnson, Moala moves into the defensive tackle rotation.

"I've got that snarl," Moala said. "I've got that mean streak, that tenacity like I know I can. The sky's the limit."

— CB Kelvn Hayden plans to be ready for this week's game at St. Louis. Hayden suffered a strained hamstring during training camp and then aggravated the injury in the fourth quarter of the Miami game in Week 2. He has not played since. Hayden returned for limited work last week and is expected to go through a full practice regimen in preparation to play against the Rams.

— DE Robert Mathis doesn't get publicity like defensive end mate Dwight Freeney, but he continues to pile up the numbers. Mathis starts opposite Freeney on the defensive line and has recorded 19 total tackles (14 solo) with 4.5 quarterback sacks, nine quarterback pressures, one pass batted down and three forced fumbles. He has forced 33 fumbles during his NFL career.

— P Pat McAfee will continue to be a triple threat for the Colts. McAfee handles punts, is the holder for placements and has been kicking off since the start of the season. The rookie from West Virginia has a strong right leg. He was a placekicker for most of his collegiate career at West Virginia. In fact, he still holds the record for the longest field goal ever kicked at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field — college or pro — at 51 yards.

— K Matt Stover understands that some of his former fans with the Ravens aren't too happy that he has signed a free agent contract with the hated Colts. "I've got a pretty good following there. I've got a really neat fan base. I was very privileged to be a part of (the Ravens' success). I think I've got enough people that understand me and know that I'm a competitor. It doesn't have to do with Baltimore and Indianapolis and that competition," he said. "I wasn't part of that (the Colts' move from Baltimore to Indianapolis). But I understand that, being that I was with Cleveland going to Baltimore. So I was part of that separation there. Really, at this point, I'm hoping that they're for me. I don't know if they'll ever be for the Colts. But I hope they'll be for me."

— S Bob Sanders (knee) has seen limited work in practice since the start of last week. His work schedule, however, may be ramped up a bit this week heading into the St. Louis game. There probably won't be a decision on Sanders' availability for the matchup with the Rams until the end of this week.

— OT Charlie Johnson (knee) missed the Tennessee game two weeks ago after sprained his knee against Seattle in Week Four. He saw limited work the week before and after the Titans game. Johnson, though, is hopeful of starting Sunday at St. Louis.

— CB Marlin Jackson (knee) has been bothered by a sore knee since training camp. Jackson had season-ending knee surgery last year but was able to start the 2009 season. The soreness in the knee has persisted throughout the year. He did not play at Tennessee two weeks ago. His availability for the St. Louis game has yet to be decided.

— WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee) continues to rehab the knee that he sprained in the Colts' season-opening win over Jacksonville. He had hoped to be ready to return against the Rams, but has yet to go through any work in practice since the injury. It's not yet known if he will be able to play Sunday at St. Louis.

— RB Chad Simpson could earn his job back as the Colts' primary kickoff returner this week. Simpson began the year returning kickoffs but suffered an abdominal injury earlier this month. CB T.J. Rushing has been handling both punt and kickoff returns in Simpson's absence.


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