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Luke Links: The 'Colts training camp is underway' edition

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What We're Saying:

Notes from day one of Colts camp

Notes from day two of Colts camp

Notes from day three of Colts camp

The Colts and T.Y. Hilton are working on a long-term extension and the receiver wants to spend the rest of his career in Indy - "Hilton's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was on hand at the Colts' practice on Tuesday, and it was yet another indication that contract talks between the receiver's camp and the  Colts are ongoing.  That's the reason, in fact, for Rosenhaus' trip to Anderson."

The Colts and Anthony Castonzo are also working on a long-term contract extension - "With massive contracts surely coming for Luck and likely coming for Hilton, as well as other soon-to-be free agents such as Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, the Colts might have to make some tough decisions.  What's clear, however, is that they fully intend on keeping Castonzo around, and if that's the case, there's no reason why they couldn't just work out that extension this year instead of next, when the left tackle then has all the leverage.  That seems to be exactly what the Colts are doing, as they aren't just currently talking with T.Y. Hilton's camp about a potential long-term deal, they're also talking with Anthony Castonzo's camp.  Don't be surprised if something gets done before the 2015 regular season begins."

Robert Mathis and Donald Thomas were placed on the PUP list to open training camp - "With the Indianapolis Colts set to begin practicing [Sunday] to begin training camp, they have announced a few injury-related moves that were fully expected.  The team announced that outside linebacker Robert Mathis and offensive lineman Donald Thomas have all been placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list."

What Others are Saying:

It was the Baltimore Ravens who alerted the Colts about the Patriots' possible tampering of footballs (via CBS Sports' Will Brinson) - "So now we know how Ryan Grigson got tipped off to the Patriots allegedly deflating footballs. Emails included in the Tom Brady lawsuit -- full details here -- confirm it was the Ravens (with a candlestick, in the study) who tipped off the Colts."

Are the Colts' practices tough enough? (via the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder) - "The objective of training camp is simple: To prepare for the season at hand. But here's where it becomes more complicated: How much of that preparation should involve the sort of bone-jarring hits players can expect to see once the games actually begin?"

The Colts have the easiest road to Super Bowl 50 (via CBS Sports' John Breech) - "Using those factors, the easiest way to the playoffs is by surviving the pillow fight that is the AFC South. Right now, the Colts are the NFL team with the easiest path to the playoffs and therefore, Super Bowl 50."

Pressure is on Colts starting nose tackle Josh Chapman to anchor line (via ESPN's Mike Wells) - "Now the pressure is on Chapman to produce on a regular basis. The Colts know it and Chapman knows it, too, especially with this being the final year of his contract. He has 36 tackles in his career."

Around the NFL:

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said that it's unlikely wide receiver Justin Blackmon will play in the NFL again (via Big Cat Country)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw touchdown passes to two young fans on Monday (via Mile High Report)

Running back Trent Richardson is missing part of training camp because he hasn't reached weight goals (via Silver and Black Pride)

Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota isn't throwing interceptions - and it's concerning some people (via Music City Miracles)

The Lions placed Haloti Ngata on the NFI list to open camp (via Pride of Detroit)