Colts Don't Plan on Resting

When it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, there is no such thing as a bye week. With the Colts slated to face the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Feb. 7, coach Jim Caldwell plans to use three days of practice this week (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) as work days.

Caldwell doesn't like using the phrase "bye week." Rather, he calls it "preparation week." In that vein, the Colts will begin taking a long, hard look at the Saints this week. That means breaking down game tape, the formation of offensive and defensive game plans and the installation of those game plans.

"That's always Jim's mentality. He always talks about having preparation weeks. They're not off weeks, they're not bye weeks. They're preparation weeks for whatever is coming up next," center Jeff Saturday said.

"I think, from his standpoint, he'll want to not only clue us in to what (the Saints) are doing but also to keep our legs fresh and to kind of get us ready for the big game."

Saturday expects that the Colts will get a big helping of the team's game plan this week and then use practice time in Florida as a review of what they're going to do.

"I would imagine (that's what Caldwell's plan will be). I mean, there's no reason to hold back now. You've got three days or so to look (at New Orleans) to get as much as tape as you can on them and study them while you are at home in your normal circumstances," he said.

"Everything else you will be doing (while in Miami) will be in a hotel and other rooms. It would be great to get a jump that way."

NOTES, QUOTES

— Colts QB Peyton Manning on the team's mindset heading to the AFC Championship Game with the Jets: "We have a bunch of guys that have worked hard all season and have been very humble. We were very humble (last week). I thought we just kept our mouths shut and went to work (last week)."

Manning said he didn't know in August how this season would progress.

"I'm not going to sit here and say we knew this was going to happen. There were a lot of unknowns. We didn't know how (second-year wide receiver Pierre) Garcon and (rookie Austin) Collie would hold up. We didn't know about (right guard Kyle) DeVan, a guy who played Arena League 3 or 4, I can't remember. You don't know how those guys are going to respond."

— Colts WR Reggie Wayne on the team's focus after the starters were pulled from the final two games of the regular season: "I never worried about our team, not even a little bit. We just refocused and moved on and got the job done."

— The Colts are 2-1 in AFC Championship games with Manning at quarterback. His only loss was a 24-14 decision at New England on Jan. 18, 2004 (2003 AFC Championship Game).

— Manning now has a 9-8 record as a starting quarterback during the postseason.

— Indianapolis will have practices Wednesday through Friday this week.

— Rookie CB Jerraud Powers (foot) did not play against the Jets. He was hurt a week earlier in the Colts' AFC divisional playoff win over Baltimore. His status for the Super Bowl won't be known until the end of this week.

— DE Dwight Freeney (foot) was hurt in the second half of the Jets game. He did not return. Freeney's status for practice or for the Super Bowl probably won't be known until the end of this week at the earliest.

— PK Adam Vinatieri (right hip) is available to play and remains on the Colts' active roster but will not kick in the Super Bowl. Colts coach Jim Caldwell said that veteran PK Matt Stover will handle all of the kicking duties except for kickoffs against the Saints.

— RB Joseph Addai (shoulder) was hurt in the first half of the Jets game. He was able to return, though. Addai played the remainder of game. He is expected to start against the Saints in the Super Bowl.

— RBs Donald Brown, Mike Hart and Chad Simpson will continue to split duty with Addai during the Super Bowl. Brown has been the first running back off the bench to spell Addai, but Hart and Simpson have both played well in limited duty.


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