Colts Notes and Quotes: Jan. 8

The Colts will wait and watch while four teams duke it out to advance to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs this weekend. See what the latest is in Indianapolis as the Colts prepare for a weekend off.

— PK Matt Stover will handle the placekicking chores for the Colts during the playoffs. Stover was signed in midseason when veteran PK Adam Vinatieri was forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Vinatieri had the surgery on Oct. 15. He returned to kick against the New York Jets on Dec. 27 but did not kick in the team's regular-season finale at Buffalo.

"(Vinatieri) is still working. He has kicked a little bit for us. He's just not quite 100 percent yet. He continues to work and continues to kick. We'll just see how it goes from there," coach Jim Caldwell said.

"The biggest issue is how he feels physically. That's the thing we've based our decision on. Right now, he's not quite where we'd like to be or where he'd like to be as well. He keeps trending in a positive direction."

— OT Charlie Johnson (foot) took part in Thursday's workout. His status for the Colts' divisional playoff game won't be determined until sometime next week. Johnson did not practice on Wednesday.

— DT Antonio Johnson (shoulder) participated in Thursday's practice. Johnson should be able to play in next week's AFC divisional playoff game. He did not practice Wednesday.

— OT Ryan Diem (elbow) sat out Thursday's practice session. Diem participated in Wednesday's workout. He is expected to be available for the team's AFC divisional playoff game.

— WR Pierre Garcon (hand/knee) practiced Wednesday and Thursday. He is expected to play next week in the Colts' divisional playoff game.

— The Colts are standing pat with Peyton Manning and rookie Curtis Painter as the only two quarterbacks on the team's active roster for the playoffs.

"Right now we are what we are. To teach our system to someone in that short period time would be rather difficult," Caldwell said. "All in all, we think we have a good young quarterback. He is learning and developing. Curtis will come along. He has the tools. He just needs the experience."

— QB Jim Sorgi's season ended Dec. 9 when he was put on injured reserve with a throwing shoulder problem, but he began throwing again Wednesday.

"I'm going to see how that goes, see how I feel tomorrow and progress with the rehab and throwing," said Sorgi, who called the injury an "overuse" issue. "Hopefully I won't need surgery."

— WR Austin Collie did not receive a vote for the Associated Press' NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Collie tied for the lead among all NFL rookies in receiving with 60 and had seven touchdown receptions, which was the most by a first-year receiver.

"We can't judge what others see or didn't see in one of our guys. We know the value that (Collie) adds to our team. He is outstanding and does a very, very nice job," Caldwell said.

"Those things (awards) come and it's great when they do happen, but it still doesn't diminish what he was able to do for us throughout the year. He continues to get better and has a huge upside."

— TE Dallas Clark was the only Colt to earn NFL Alumni 2009 Player of the Year honors. Former players voted only for the positions they once played.

— LB Freddy Keiaho is now sporting a mohawk haircut. "Coach Caldwell talked about a quantum shift, so that's the mentality," he explained. "Quantum shift in hair, lifestyles, everything, man." Caldwell said when asked about Keiaho's interpretation but declined to discuss his own definition of quantum shift.


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