— Defensive end Robert Mathis has been no-show at the Colts' organized team activity practices.
Mathis' absence may be because of a desire to upgrade his current contract. He is due to make $2.31 million in 2010.
The franchise's No. 2-ranked pass rusher has two years remaining on a front-loaded $30 million contract that he signed in 2006.
Mathis has been voted to the past two Pro Bowls and ranks second in club history to defensive end Dwight Freeney with 63 career sacks. He is due a base salary of $2.4 million in 2011.
— With the loss of third-round draft pick Kevin Thomas to a knee injury suffered in the team's rookie minicamp, the Colts -- at least initially — will be counting on veteran Kelvin Hayden and a pair of second-year players, Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey, to lead the way at cornerback heading into training camp.
Powers and Lacey combined for 21 starts as rookies in 2009. No one else in the group has stepped on the field for a regular-season game. Five are rookies, including Thomas, who might end up missing the 2010 season.
Hayden, meanwhile, is hoping for better luck than he experienced last year. He missed practice time and several starts after battling hamstring and knee issues in 2009.
A former second-round draft pick in 2005, Hayden is now the unquestioned leader of the cornerback group.
"I've got a bunch of young guys behind me, Jerraud and Lacey," he said recently. "Unfortunately, we had a third-round pick go down and he was a guy we were really going to need. But as it usually goes, the next man's up. We look for big things out of (2010 seventh-round draft pick) Ray (Fisher) and some of those rookie free agents."
Powers was a major surprise as a rookie last year. He hit the ground running during his first mini-camp workout and never stopped, earning a starting job when Hayden and another veteran cornerback, Marlin Jackson, were hobbled by injuries.
"Yeah, we're very young," the former Auburn standout said. "But me and Lacey are telling the rookies this year, 'We were in the same shoes last year, doing the same things you're doing, not knowing what to expect.' We know it can turn out for the good.
"We told them it's not like college. You can't just come in and redshirt a year. We need guys to step in and play."
— Veteran center Jeff Saturday smiled recently when he was asked how things might be different with new offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars in charge. Metzelaars, who had been the assistant offensive line coach, was promoted during the offseason after the retirement of longtime assistant coach Howard Mudd.
"Probably less screaming," Saturday joked.
— Tony Ugoh, who began his Colts career as the starter at left tackle, has been getting some work at offensive guard during the team's OTA workouts.
"I told 'em wherever they needed me," Ugoh said recently. "My big thing this year is I want to play. I don't care where it's at."
— There has yet to be a final decision on whether the Colts will return to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, for another training camp. Indianapolis has conducted the pre-season workouts at the school since 1999.
There has been speculation that the Colts may opt to return to their previous training camp site at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Team officials, however, have yet to make an official pronouncement on which location will win out. Negotiations with Rose-Hulman are continuing.
— Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert will host the second annual Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge at 7 p.m. June 3 at Victory Field, the home of the minor-league Indianapolis Indians.
The celebrity game benefits the Indiana Children's Wish Fund and is presented by The Tony Stewart Foundation. There also will be a kids interactive game area and a fireworks display after the game.
— A limited number of tickets for the two preseason home games are on sale to the public. The Colts meet San Francisco on Aug. 15 and Cincinnati on Sept. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He'll do a lot more with our (offensive) group in terms of fundamentals and things he always has done. Tom is going to help me with some things, is going to help (offensive coordinator) Clyde (Christensen) looking ahead in terms of game-planning. He's also going to do some work with some of the young quarterbacks." Colts head coach Jim Caldwell on the new duties of veteran assistant coach Tom Moore. Moore, who had been the team's offensive coordinator since 1998, is now the Colts' senior offensive assistant.
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