Top-Seeded Colts Will Get Week of Rest

Business as usual. That's the plan for the Indianapolis Colts heading into a bye week in the postseason. Indianapolis dropped a 30-7 decision to the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season finale with most of the team's offensive and defensive starters sitting out or seeing very limited work.

Now it's on to the playoffs, with the Colts having earned the top seed in the AFC, having a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a 14-2 regular-season record. Head coach Jim Caldwell is planning on having a regular week of practice before giving his team some time off next weekend.

"Most of the teams that we have a possibility of facing (in an AFC divisional playoff game) we've already played. There may be one or two (teams that the Colts haven't faced yet). Cincinnati we have played in the preseason, and one other team maybe. But we'll get going (on game planning) shortly," Caldwell said.

As for the practice week, the first-year head coach will allow the team to have Monday and Tuesday off before returning for workouts Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

"We're going to give them a couple of days off. There's a few guys (from the Buffalo game) that played a lot of snap, so we'll come in and get them their treatment (on Monday). Tuesday is their day off and we'll come back on Wednesday morning and practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday," he said.

"So we'll get three days of practice in during this bye week. I think that's important because if we can keep our rhythm and develop a few things and get some improvement along the way also, that's what we planning to do this week."

The Colts came out of the regular season's final two games in relatively good shape, physically. That was the plan.

"It appears that way. But from the sense I got, just in terms of guys coming out of games, everybody had an opportunity to return (for the playoffs). It wasn't a huge issue," Caldwell said. "But oftentimes you don't completely until a day or so afterwards, so we will probably have to wait until (Monday) afternoon to get a good sense of it."

UNDER THE RADAR: Two backup players who have gotten more playing time the last two weeks, DE Ervin Baldwin and LB Ramon Humber, could figure big for the Colts during the postseason. Baldwin and Humber have shown flashes of being key contributors both on special teams and as defensive backups.

Baldwin was signed as a free agent to the Indianapolis practice squad in early November and was added to the active roster in early December. He had seven tackles in the Buffalo game. Humber, meanwhile, was an undrafted free agent last spring. He contributed six tackles against the Bills.

TRENDING: The Colts came into the Buffalo game with the NFL's 32nd-ranked rushing attack, averaging 84.6 yards per game. With starter Joseph Addai sitting out to rest a shoulder injury and backup RB Chad Simpson sidelined with a concussion, the combination of rookie RB Donald Brown and second-year RB Mike Hart combined for 25 yards in 16 carries against the Bills.

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