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Colts' Polian respects Browns

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--Vice chairman Bill Polian on the Browns offense: "(RB Peyton Hillis is) similar to (Texans RB Ben) Tate. He has a little more wiggle than Tate, but he runs behind his pads and he'll knock you down. And they have a different threat in (quarterback) Colt McCoy in running the ball that Houston does not. So it's a similar attack, but the quarterback is much more run-oriented, probably because he's younger. Nonetheless, Colt is a terrific runner, so that poses a different threat for us."

--The Colts are trying to avoid their first 0-2 start since 1998. Indianapolis posted a 3-13 record that season, which was Peyton Manning's rookie year.

--This week's meeting with the Browns will mark the first time that they play the Colts with a starting quarterback other than Peyton Manning since 1994 (Jim Harbaugh).

--Polian on Cleveland KR Josh Cribbs and the Browns defense: "The defense is vastly improved under the tutelage of Dick Jaruon, who is a great, great coach. And Josh Cribbs is a dynamic returner, in my mind the best returner in the league. He's a tremendous speed guy, he can make you miss, and he has great balance. Most returners don't have all three. He has all three and is a home-run hitter, and we better do a much better job against him than we did against Houston or it is going to be a long game."

--QB Kerry Collins on playing his first game as the home team quarterback at Lucas Oil Stadium: "I'm looking forward to being here at home. I know they've got great fans here, and I have a personal experience that this is a tough place to play for visiting teams. I hope they're as loud and as boisterous as they always are, because it really is a big home-field advantage here."

7 -- The Colts have won seven of their past eight home openers.

"What I've said is we'll leave him on the active roster until the doctors tell us he cannot come back this season. Now I say that knowing that the fact is he will not be allowed back onto the field until the doctors say he's 100 percent. His long-term health is our No. 1 priority. We constantly told him from the time that he came back that 'If you're not 100 percent, you will not be allowed to go out there.' The bottom line is when the doctors say he's ready to go, he'll be ready." -- Vice chairman Bill Polian on how long the Colts will keep QB Peyton Manning on the active roster this season.

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