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Indianapolis Colts

Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium | Coach: Chuck Pagano
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd110.5 (17th)310.9 (1st)
Defense14th110.4 (15th)240.6 (19th)

Colts report: Strategy and personnel

The Sports Xchange
 
Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes
 

The Colts continue to be hit hard by the injury bug. Safety Melvin Bullitt and running back Devin Moore are just the two latest Colts to be placed on the team's injured reserve list.

Bullitt, who had shoulder surgery in the offseason, broke a bone in his shoulder against the Jaguars. It's not known which shoulder was injured or if the most recent injury was to the same shoulder that he had surgery on. He is scheduled to undergo surgery sometime in the next week to 10 days.

Moore, meanwhile, incurred a brachial plexus (shoulder) injury in the Jacksonville game. He was hurt while returning his second kickoff of the game and was on the receiving end of a hard tackle along the Colts' sideline.

The injury to Bullitt hurts the team's depth at safety. Veteran backup Jamie Silva was sidelined during the preseason with a knee injury and is out until next season. And former National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders continues to rehab a torn biceps and is out indefinitely.

Rookie safety Brandon King and recently signed safety DaJuan Morgan will both be in the mix to replace Bullitt in the Colts' starting lineup. King returned to practice Monday after missing two games with a sore hamstring.

Morgan got his first playing time with Indianapolis against Jacksonville on Sunday. He was signed Sept. 15 after being released by, ironically, Kansas City.

With Moore gone for the remainder of the year, the Colts are down to three running backs -- Joseph Addai, Donald Brown and Mike Hart. But Brown missed the Jacksonville game with a hamstring injury suffered against Denver two weeks ago. He did not take part in Monday's walk-through practice session.

The Colts' other roster moves include rookie safety Mike Newton being signed off the practice squad to the active roster and adding former Colts safety Aaron Francisco to the active roster. Francisco played for Indianapolis last year after beginning his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals. He was not re-signed by the Colts after the 2009 season.

Also, Indianapolis released defensive tackle Mitch King from the active roster and wide receiver Alric Arnett from the practice squad. Former Wake Forest wide receiver Kenneth Moore, who was a fifth-round pick by Detroit in 2008, has been signed. Moore also played with the Carolina Panthers before being released on Sept. 4.

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Mike Hart (knee) did not practice Thursday. Hart's status for the Kansas City game won't be known until Friday or Saturday.

--RB Donald Brown (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Brown did not play at Jacksonville last week and may not be available for Sunday's game with the Chiefs.

--WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring) showed no ill-effects Thursday from the injury that sidelined him for the past two games. Garcon appears to have come out of Wednesday's practice in good shape.

--S Brandon King (hamstring) practiced Wednesday and Thursday. King expects to be available to play Sunday against the Chiefs.

--OT Charlie Johnson (foot) took part in workouts Wednesday and Thursday. Johnson is expected to start against Kansas City on Sunday.

--OG Jamey Richard (shoulder) practiced Wednesday and Thursday. Richard did not play at Jacksonville last week but could be back Sunday against the Chiefs.

--WR Austin Collie (foot) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Collie has been wearing a protective boot on his right foot.

--S Antoine Bethea (hamstring) said that he will be in the starting lineup Sunday against Kansas City. Bethea had sat out Wednesday's practice session but returned for Thursday's workout.

-WR Reggie Wayne (knee), who was held out of Wednesday's practice, went through a full day's work on Thursday. Wayne is expected to start against the Chiefs on Sunday.

--RB Javarris James has been signed to the active roster. James was with the Colts during the offseason and preseason before being cut in late August. He had spent time on the Patriots' and Redskins' practice squads before returning to the Colts.

--RB Brandon Minor has been signed to the practice squad. Minor played at Michigan and was signed as an undrafted free agent last spring by Chicago. He has also spent time on the Saints' practice squad.

--DT Mitch King, who had been released from the active roster Tuesday, has been signed to the practice squad. King had made the 53-man regular-season roster after training camp.

--LB Tyjuan Hagler was released from the active roster Thursday. Hagler, a fifth-round pick of the Colts in 2005, had been re-signed to the team last week. He was not signed as a free agent during the offseason.

GAME PLAN
Cut out the mistakes. Play smarter. Get in synch.

The Colts have been an up-and-down team through the first four weeks of the 2010 season. Offensively, Indianapolis has to take advantage of its scoring opportunities and hold on to the football.

And the running game must continue to be somewhat productive. Move the chains. Keep drives alive. And score touchdowns in the red zone.

Defensively, be more consistent. Play the defense as it's designed. Put pressure on the quarterback and force mistakes. Win the turnover battle.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Colts QB Peyton Manning vs. Chiefs CBs Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr. Manning loves to go after young cornerbacks. Flowers and Carr are both in their third year. It's a home game, finally, and confusion with the crowd noise is often a problem with visiting defenses.

Chiefs LT Branden Albert and RT Ryan O'Callaghan vs. Colts RDE Dwight Freeney and LDE Robert Mathis. Freeney and Mathis have been hearing all week about how they only have registered one sack between them (by Mathis) over the last two games. It's time for one or both of them to break out.

Colts TE Dallas Clark vs. Chiefs SS Eric Berry. Clark has quietly hauled in 28 passes (third on the team) and scored three touchdowns (second on the team) so far this season. Berry is a rookie safety from Tennessee.

INJURY IMPACT
WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) continues to rehab his injured leg. He will not play this week against Kansas City.

--S Bob Sanders (biceps) remains sidelined and will miss the Kansas City game.

--LB Kavell Conner (foot) had surgery to repair a fractured foot last week. Conner is out indefinitely.

--S Melvin Bullitt (shoulder) has been placed on injured reserve. Bullitt broke a bone in his shoulder last week at Jacksonville and is expected to undergo surgery soon.

--RB/KR Devin Moore (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Moore was hurt in the Jacksonville game as he returned a kickoff.

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