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Colts Head Coach Frank Reich Week 3 Post-Game Conference Call

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich had his weekly conference call Monday with the media and gave several updates.

Another week and another conference call in which Colts head coach Frank Reich opens up with a long term injury. This week it is rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. Pittman missed time during the game but managed to return but after the game he complained to the team trainers of serious pain in his leg. Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport Pittman had compartment leg syndrome and had to have surgery last night. Frank Reich confirmed this in the conference call but said there was no timeline for Pittman’s return but Rapoport said its likely to be after the teams bye week in Week 8. This is the second week in a row in which the Colts have lost a wide receiver for a lengthy period, last week they lost Parris Campbell. The Colts wide receiver depth takes another big hit.

Some potential good news on the injury front from Reich. Ya-Sin will be back at practice this week after missing practice last week and the last two games with an illness. Ya-Sin’s potential return will be a huge boost for the secondary as the team is struggling for depth at the position in his absence. Another potential boost for the Colts on the injury front as both tight end Trey Burton and defensive tackle Sheldon Day are going to return to practice. Burton’s potential return will provide another receiving option for the Colts offense and depth at the tight end position also. Day’s potential return will add another talented player to an already talented defensive line, he should help sure up the run defense which has been leaky at times.

Frank Reich emphasized just hwo well the Colts defense is playing but tempered expectations saying that it is still a small sample size, only 3 weeks, and that there is still room for improvement. The Colts defense is playing lights out after their bad week 1 showing against the Jaguars. Since week 1 they have allowed just 18 points in two games. The Colts defense ranks number 1 in total defense in the NFL; ranking 1st in interceptions, 3rd in rushing yards allowed, 2nd in points allowed and 6th in sacks.