The Indianapolis Colts were back in the building after the bye week today, and they held a rare Monday practice after being off for a week.
The biggest benefit of a bye week is typically getting guys healthy, and for the Colts that was no different. Tonight on 1070 the Fan’s Colts Roundtable show head coach Chuck Pagano provided an injury update from today’s practice. As Pagano said, the “bye came at the right time, fortunately for us. [We] got a bunch of guys healthy.”
The only player the Colts held out of practice today was defensive lineman Kendall Langford (knee), but Pagano is hopeful that he’ll maybe be back on Wednesday on a limited basis. Left guard Jack Mewhort (tricep) returned to practice today in a limited role, and Pagano said that he “did a nice job” and that they’ll see how he comes along in the next couple of days after today’s practice. Right tackle Joe Reitz (concussion) was practicing in a red non-contact jersey and is still going through the concussion protocol, but Pagano said that “he looked good” as well. And the Colts also got safety Mike Adams (groin) and outside linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) back as full participants today.
The one player Pagano didn’t mention was defensive lineman Henry Anderson, which is probably a good sign since we know that Anderson was back at practice today. Hopefully that, plus the fact that Pagano didn’t mention him, means that he’s back full, but we’ll have to wait and see for sure when the team returns to the field on Wednesday.
Pagano said that today’s practice had “a ton of energy” and that it wasn’t a perfect practice, but none of them are. He lauded the energy and attention to detail and said that the coaches did a good job during the bye of evaluating the team and looking at all three phases on ways to improve, ways to maximize strengths, and ways to minimize weaknesses.
That’s great and that’s a good way to spend the bye week, but the biggest news is obviously the health. And it sounds like the Colts are finally getting healthy and that the bye week did indeed help in that regard.