The Indianapolis Colts reported back to Anderson University for training camp today for the first time since their 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. With it came quite a bit of information, whether it be roster moves, injury updates, or reaction to Jim Irsay's tweet yesterday.
First off, the Colts announced roster moves this morning. The team officially announced the re-signing of linebacker Monte Simmons and also announced the signing of cornerback Johnny Adams. To make room for them, the team waived-injured linebackers Justin Hickman and Quinton Spears. If they clear waivers, they will revert to the team's injured reserve.
Simmons was released back on August 5 to make room for fullback Robert Hughes, and now he's back. It's the second time so far that the team has released a linebacker during camp only to bring them back (the other being C.O. Prime, who was re-signed less than a day after being cut). The move was reported yesterday and is now official.
Johnny Adams was originally signed by the Texans as an undrafted free agent earlier this offseason before being released August 2nd. He started 39 of 54 career games at Michigan State and as a senior in 2012 he was named First Team All Big-Ten by the coaches.
Also news yesterday was that the Colts had activated Ahmad Bradshaw from the physically unable to play list, although the news also came out that the move was kind of forced by the NFL after the team violated the PUP rules. Head coach Chuck Pagano said this morning that "we felt like he was going to be off regardless." Bradshaw said that he does not anticipate playing on Sunday but is hoping to get in during the 3rd preseason game to get some work in. Bradshaw said that "we just want to take it slow and make it last all season."
Linebacker Pat Angerer was also activated from the PUP just this morning, but like Bradshaw the team is going to bring him along slowly. Still, that is good news as well. And for those wondering, both Bradshaw and Angerer already counted against the 90 man roster since they were on the PUP, so therefore there doesn't need to be a move made to make room for them.
There's not much on the injury front to report this morning, other than Bradshaw and Angerer being activated. Pagano said that Cassius Vaughn, Montori Hughes, and LaRon Landry are all day to day and that Bjoern Werner should practice this afternoon. Interestingly enough, Pagano didn't even mention Griff Whalen during his introductory injury update.
It wasn't until Pagano was asked why Whalen was not participating in this morning's walkthrough and instead was there with a backpack on that Pagano said that Whalen came out of the game on Sunday with a slight groin injury and that he may miss a day or two. Whalen is also day to day.
Reaction to Jim Irsay's Tweet Yesterday:
During this morning's walkthrough, much of the discussion amongst the media members here at camp was at least in some way relating to Jim Irsay's tweet from yesterday (if you don't know what we're talking about, we've got the info here, one opinion here, and another opinion here. Yeah, when the owner tweets, we respond!).
Chuck Pagano, of course, was asked about what his owner tweeted and he said that "top to bottom we were all disappointed" and that "we expect to go out and perform." He also added that "there's no need to panic" and that "everyone is accountable." Earlier in the press conference he had stated that "I fully expect this team to bounce back from Sunday's performance" and the message of the day seemed to be that the team is "disappointed but not discouraged." Pagano as asked specifically if he talked to Jim Irsay yesterday and he answered "no."
Quarterback Andrew Luck was also asked about his owner's tweet and said that he wasn't really aware of it until someone told him this morning at camp. "You couldn't ask for a better owner," Luck said. "His heart is in this team one hundred percent and his players really appreciate it." He added that the players and coaches really don't want to disappoint him or any of the fans for that matter.