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Young Colts defense has 'come a long way,'
The Colts rank 11th in the NFL in total defense, 12th against the run, 15th against the pass and 15th in points allowed.

Colts Notebook: Ryan Kelly Still Not Practicing For Third Straight Week | 1070 the Fan

After a day off on Tuesday, the Colts (6-6) returned to the practice field in full pads on Wednesday to begin the on-field work for the Houston Texans (9-3).

Colts Remain In Day-To-Day Mode With Ryan Kelly, Mo Alie-Cox
The Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday were once again without center Ryan Kelly (knee) and tight end Mo Alie-Cox (calf), who continue to work their way back to the lineup.

Colts Need Some Help To Sneak Back Into AFC Playoff Picture | 1070 the Fan

Sunday’s loss for the Colts (6-6) was a major blow to their playoff hopes. How does the playoff picture now look for the Colts with 4 games left in the regular season?

Serve and protect: Rookie guard Quenton Nelson has a lot to do with Colts’ change in culture, attitude and production – The Athletic
Nelson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for October, the first guard in NFL history and just the seventh offensive lineman overall to win the award.

The complicated sophomore season of Colts safety Malik Hooker
Last year, Hooker had 3 interceptions in 7 games. Sunday, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions. Don't judge him by his stats alone.

Splash plays or not, Malik Hooker still contributing to Colts’ defense – The Athletic
“Of course, anytime you’re dealing with a nagging injury or something that keeps popping up all the time, it’s always frustrating,” Hooker said.

Instead of first career sack, Colts’ LB Matthew Adams likely facing fine | FOX59
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Matthew Adams knew something was up. Something not good. As the Indianapolis Colts’ rookie linebacker was getting ready to celebrate his first career sack Sunday at Jacksonville, there were only a couple of teammates around to share the moment.

Colts’ D is trending in right direction, but Texans present major test | FOX59
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There’s a noticeable uptick with the Indianapolis Colts defense that jumps off the NFL weekly stat sheet. A by-the-numbers look: 11: overall ranking, based on total yards allowed. The last time the Colts cracked the top 10 was in 2014 (7th).

Colts Quick Scouting Report: Week 14 Vs. Houston Texans
Here is a quick look at the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts’ Week 14 opponent whom they were defeated by earlier this season in Week 4.

Texans say season's turning point came in Week 4 against Colts - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
A failed OT gamble by Frank Reich led to Houston's first win, kick-starting a win streak that has the team in contention for a first-round playoff bye.

‘That was all we needed’: How a costly Colts decision spurred the Texans’ winning streak – The Athletic
Houston began its streak in Week 4, when Colts coach Frank Reich tried to convert a fourth down inside Indianapolis territory late in overtime.

Roster Move: Colts Sign T De'Ondre Wesley To Practice Squad
The Indianapolis Colts today announced the signing of tackle De'Ondre Wesley to their practice squad. Wesley takes the place of tackle Rees Odhiambo, who was signed from the Colts' practice squad to the Arizona Cardinals' active roster.

Returning home gave Frank Gore the chance to groom his eldest son as he starts his own promising football career – The Athletic
“I love it, man,” Gore said of being with his son, Frank Jr., who is one of Miami’s top prep RBs entering his senior year.