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Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback when the Colts face the Cardinals on Sunday. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sport/USA TODAY Sports

INDIANAPOLIS — Jacoby Brissett will start in place of Scott Tolzien at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday against Arizona.

The move was officially announced a little more than an hour before kickoff.

He replaces Tolzien, who had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in last week’s 46-9 loss. Indy also failed to convert a third down in the loss.

Andrew Luck still has not practiced since having surgery on his throwing shoulder in January.

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The Latest on the second Sunday of the NFL regular season:

9:40 p.m.

Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder has been ruled out with a concussion after he was shaken up on a touchdown play.

Schraeder had a lead block on Devonta Freeman’s 1-yard touchdown run on Atlanta’s opening drive against Green Bay.

Schraeder appeared to hit his helmet on a Green Bay player, though it didn’t appear to be a helmet-to-helmet hit. Schraeder briefly remained face-down on the field. He appeared to be unsteady as he walked off the field with members of Atlanta’s medical staff.

Ty Sambrailo took over at right tackle on Atlanta’s second drive. He was acquired from Denver on Sept. 1 for a fifth-round draft pick in 2018.

Meanwhile, Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and Falcons defensive end Courtney Upshaw also will not return after suffering an ankle injury.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is listed as questionable with a quad injury.

7:30 p.m.

Broncos rookie left tackle Garett Bolles was carted off the field with a lower left leg injury in the third quarter.

Bolles was hurt on a running play near the goal line Sunday against Dallas. He immediately signaled to the sideline to come out and check on him. After being loaded into the cart, he waved to the crowd as he was driven off the field.

Bolles was taken with the 20th overall pick in the draft out of Utah.

Donald Stephenson took Bolles’ place protecting quarterback Trevor Siemian’s blind side. Denver receiver Bennie Fowler has been ruled out with a concussion.

6:35 p.m.

An injury-riddled Dallas secondary keeps getting thinner.

Already missing Orlando Scandrick – he was ruled out earlier in the week with a broken left hand – the Cowboys lost two more defensive backs in the first half Sunday against Denver.

Chidobe Awuzie went out with a hamstring injury and Nolan Carroll was ruled out with a concussion.

6 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos resumed their game after a 62-minute lightning delay.

The Broncos led 7-0 with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter when the game was halted. The Cowboys were on the march before the delay and have the ball in Denver territory.

Both teams waited out the delay in their locker rooms.

The tarp also has been removed down the road at Coors Field, where the Colorado Rockies are playing the San Diego Padres.

— 5:30 p.m.

The game between Dallas and Denver is scheduled to resume around 6 p.m. Eastern after being delayed by lightning.

It was halted by the referees with 33 seconds left in the first quarter and the Broncos leading 7-0. Both teams went to their locker rooms, while most of the fans headed for the cover of the concourse.

Down the road at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies were in a rain delay against the San Diego Padres.

5:01 p.m.

The game between Dallas and Denver is being delayed due to lightning in the area.

The officials stopped the game with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter Sunday and the Broncos leading 7-0. Both teams were sent to their locker rooms to wait out the delay. Rain began to fall earlier in the quarter.

5 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks continue to seek their first touchdown of the season.

The Seahawks have driven inside the San Francisco 10-yard line twice in the first quarter and both times have had potential touchdowns dropped. C.J. Prosise had a pass from Russell Wilson deflect off his hands near the goal line on Seattle’s first drive and Tanner McEvoy couldn’t haul in a high pass from Wilson in the end zone on the second possession.

Both times the Seahawks settled for short field goals from Blair Walsh, who is now 5-for-5 on the season. Seattle leads 6-0.

4:45 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 24-10 win over Cleveland came at a stiff price.

Six-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda fractured his left ankle and will be lost for the season.

The injury occurred on the first play of the third quarter, on an otherwise insignificant 2-yard run by Terrance West.

Yanda remained on the ground for several minutes, walked off the field with help and was soon taken to the Baltimore locker room.

It’s another in a series of injuries for the Ravens offensive line. They’ve already lost Alex Lewis and Nico Siragusa.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts went from having a second life to being back in an all-too-familiar position in a matter of seconds.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett, making his first start after he was acquired from New England two weeks ago, added to the fourth quarter and overtime list of mistakes when his first pass of the extra period was intercepted by Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu.

The Cardinals ran three plays and then won the game 16-13 with a Phil Dawsonfield goal to complete the come-from-behind victory at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Indianapolis has now started 0-2 in four straight seasons and in five of six years under coach Chuck Pagano. This only the second time that the Colts have blown at least a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of a game under Pagano. The other time was last October when they lead Houston by 14 points in the fourth quarter and eventually lost in overtime.

“There are no moral victories,” Pagano said. “We are 0-2 and it is what it is. We’ll…keep working to get better and find a way to win a game.”

The Dawson overtime field goal came after Pagano called a timeout with three seconds left in regulation to ice the kicker. Dawson missed a 42-yard field goal as time expired.

This loss wasn’t a matter of the other team simply dominating them — this was a matter of the Colts self-destructing in the final quarter. The Colts had a 13-3 lead, and had put the Cardinals in a third-and-20 situation with less than eight minutes remaining in the game.

Then it started.

Palmer completed a 22-yard pass, and that play had 15 yards added on to it when Colts linebacker Jabaal Sheard was called for roughing the passer. The Cardinals scored on the very next play when J.J. Nelson caught a 45-yard touchdown pass between Colts rookie cornerback Quincy Wilson and safety Matthias Farley to cause some uneasiness.

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In the victory, the Knights earned their first shutout in the series since 1996 and dealt North Marion its first shutout defeat since the 2007 state semifinals against St. Augustine.

In the loss to VHS, North Marion failed to score for the first time in 94 games and was kept off the scoreboard for the first time in 122 regular games.

The last team to blank the Colts during the regular season was Lake City Columbia in 2004.

Vanguard also dealt North Marion its worst shutout loss since 1983, when Tallahassee Lincoln blanked the Colts 56-0 in Sparr.

The Knights, meanwhile evened the series at 25-all.

It was the largest win for Vanguard in the series since it won 66-6 in 1994 on its way to a trip to the Class 5A state championship game.

The Knights will now turn their attention to St. Petersburg Lakewood.

Vanguard has won both of the meetings with the Spartans and will make just their second trip to Pinellas County since the 1994 regional finals against Dixie Hollins.

Meanwhile, North Marion, which fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1994, will take on South Sumter.

The Raiders lead the series 3-2 all-time with the Colts, but all three of their wins have taken place during the playoffs over North Marion.

North Marion will look to move to 3-0 all-time in regular season play against the Raiders and avoid its first 0-4 start since 1989.

SURGE STOPS HERE?: Lake Weir is off to an impressive 2-1 start, but will face off with longtime nemesis Gainesville in the district opener for both teams.

GHS has won 13 of the 14 meetings with Lake Weir.

The last win for Lake Weir over Gainesville took place in 1988.

If Lake Weir can earn the win, it would snap a six-game losing streak in district openers.

GAME OF THE WEEK: Dunnellon and Belleview renew their budding rivalry, which has been dominated by the Tigers, who lead the series 8-2.

DHS has won the last seven meetings.

Belleview’s last win over the Tigers took place in 2007.

OLD HABIT: After struggling to win its district opener, West Port earned its second straight win to open league play after taking down Lake Howell a year ago.

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Here’s how the playing time looked for Week 1

Note: I’ll update the snap counts in this spreadsheet all season including the first tab tracking the season totals. While I’ll paste individual game PT in each week’s recap, I’ll likely refer to the season totals moving forward from that link. So uh, peep it.

The Los Angeles Rams dominated the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, winning 49-6. Let’s look at who got the PT.


Week 1 v Colts – Offense

Jamon Brown G 65 100.00%
Rob Havenstein OT 65 100.00%
Rodger Saffold OT 65 100.00%
Andrew Whitworth OT 60 92.31%
John Sullivan C 60 92.31%
Jared Goff QB 60 92.31%
Tyler Higbee TE 53 81.54%
Todd Gurley RB 48 73.85%
Robert Woods WR 43 66.15%
Cooper Kupp WR 39 60.00%
Sammy Watkins WR 38 58.46%
Gerald Everett TE 29 44.62%
Pharoh Cooper WR 22 33.85%
Josh Reynolds WR 17 26.15%
Derek Carrier TE 13 20.00%
Malcolm Brown RB 11 16.92%
Tavon Austin WR 7 10.77%
Austin Blythe C 5 7.69%
Darrell Williams OT 5 7.69%
Justin Davis RB 5 7.69%
Sean Mannion QB 5 7.69%

A bit of a skew here with some of the starters getting some rest late. QB Jared Goff, LT Andrew Whitworth and C John Sullivan all gave up snaps they wouldn’t have otherwise had this not been a blowout. Will be interesting to see the next time we see C Austin Blythe, LT Darrell Williams or QB Sean Mannion in action.

Otherwise, we set the bar at wide receiver, tight end and running back. Yes, the late game action changed things, but bar set nonetheless.

One other bar set? WR Tavon Austin got 7 snaps at just a 10.77% rate.


Week 1 v Colts – Defense

Player POS Def Def%
Alec Ogletree LB 41 82.00%
Mark Barron LB 41 82.00%
Connor Barwin LB 36 72.00%
Trumaine Johnson CB 35 70.00%
Lamarcus Joyner CB 35 70.00%
Maurice Alexander FS 33 66.00%
Nickell Robey-Coleman CB 32 64.00%
Ethan Westbrooks DT 32 64.00%
Michael Brockers DT 32 64.00%
Tanzel Smart DT 29 58.00%
Matt Longacre DE 25 50.00%
Tyrunn Walker DT 25 50.00%
Robert Quinn OLB 25 50.00%
Cody Davis FS 23 46.00%
Kayvon Webster CB 23 46.00%
Morgan Fox DE 18 36.00%
Samson Ebukam LB 14 28.00%
Blake Countess CB 14 28.00%
Dominique Hatfield CB 10 20.00%
Corey Littleton LB 9 18.00%
Bryce Hager LB 9 18.00%
John Johnson DB 9 18.00%

Interesting that OLB Robert Quinn was the selectee to come off for nickel snaps.

And hard to buy too much into the hardness of these numbers given the score and the rotation in the second half, but still great to see the NFL debuts of so many rookies.

Have to think the return of DE Aaron Donald will affect numbers of front with a trickle-down effect.

Special Teams

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The play Andrew Luck may have injured his throwing shoulder


Our Franchise QB is injured. He cannot play. He might not even be able to throw a football. We might be the worst team in the league…

At the end of 2011, the Colts were ranked 32nd in almost every Power Rankings list known to man. They hit the “reset” button and drafted Andrew Luck. They sent future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning packing, along with all the coaches and a HOF GM. Irsay did this, only to bring in a bafoon in Ryan Grigson and an incompetent coach in Pagano.


It didn’t take long for Colts fans to fall in love with the new regime. What we didn’t know was it was smoke and mirrors. It was grown men playing for a purpose when they rallied for their new coach who loved his players. They made #ChuckStrong a national story. They made fans feel like 2011 never happened. They made it feel like the Colts were back to playing winning football.


2013 came and we saw the same strengths come out at times. We also started to see some real weaknesses take hold.

Luck got hit a lot, the defense played poorly, but we gave our new FO time. I mean we went 2-14 in 2011, only to go 11-5 the next year and we saw 2013 as a similar season. Heck, we even won a playoff game in Luck’s second year in the league!

Yes, we looked awful in losses. But they were just single losses. They didn’t count for 2-3 losses just because we lost by 2-3 scores…


Weaknesses became very apparent. Why weren’t they being fixed? Our QB was being beaten to a pulp. But for every hit he took, we scored a TD.

Our new face of the franchise had taken the league by storm, putting up league high numbers in all passing categories. Teams were afraid of our new third year QB… That’s all they were afraid of…

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Jeff Saturday #63 of the Indianapolis Colts blocks against the Tennessee Titans on December 4, 2005 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Titans 35-3. (AP Photo/Paul Spinelli)

Intro: The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its modern-era nominees for its Class of 2018, a list which included five former Indianapolis Colts players, including, for the first time, center Jeff Saturday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Saturday is on the list.

The great Indianapolis Colts center on Tuesday was one of five former Colts players named to a list of 108 players and coaches who made the initial cut as Modern-Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

Saturday’s listing comes in his first year of eligibility, as any nominee must have last played or coached at least five full seasons to be eligible for nomination.

The four other former Colts players on Tuesday’s list have been named nominees in years past: running back Edgerrin James, center Ray Donaldson, guard/tackle Chris Hinton and linebacker Cornelius Bennett.

Safety Bob Sanders — who was named to the initial list of nominees for last year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class — was not among those listed this year.

Here’s a bit on each Colts’ 2018 nominee:

Edgerrin James
Statistically one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, Edgerrin James two years ago, in his second year of eligibility, was one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 — the same class that ended up including James’ former teammate, Marvin Harrison, and head coach, Tony Dungy.

James played 11 NFL seasons, including his first seven with the Indianapolis Colts. In his career, James was named to four Pro Bowls and rushed for 12,246 yards, which ranks 11th on the all-time list. His 15,610 total yards from scrimmage ranks 11th all-time among running backs, and is more than Hall of Fame backs Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis and Jim Brown.

The Colts’ fourth-overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft out of Miami, James lit up the league from the start in his NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, leading the league in rushing with 1,553 rushing yards and also scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground and four touchdowns through the air.

He’s the greatest running back in Colts history, and leads the franchise in career rushing yards (9,226), rushing touchdowns (64), rushing yards per game average (96.1), rushing yards in a single season (1,709 in 2000) and most seasons with 1,000 rushing yards (five).

Ray Donaldson
A second-round draft choice of the Colts in 1980, Donaldson became one of the most dependable offensive linemen in franchise history, starting 152 straight games at center from 1981 to 1991 before breaking his leg during a September 1991 game against the Los Angeles Raiders. He would return to start all 16 games the following season.

Donaldson was selected to the Pro Bowl four straight seasons from 1986 to 1989, and at the time of his departure from the Colts, he had played in the third most games in franchise history (184).

Donaldson also had successful stops in Seattle (1993 and 1994) and Dallas (1995 and 1996) after his days in Indianapolis were over, earning Pro Bowl selections with the Cowboys both seasons.

Donaldson’s name has appeared on the preliminary ballot for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for several years.

Chris Hinton
Hinton became one of the most decorated Colts offensive linemen ever during his career with the franchise from 1983 to 1989.

An All-Rookie Team selection as a guard in 1983, Hinton was selected to six Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL several times as a left tackle from 1985 to 1989.

Hinton joined the Colts in a trade that sent John Elway to the Denver Broncos and left the club in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in 1990.

Through his career, Hinton played in 177 total games over 13 years with three teams, and was inducted into the Colts’ Ring of Honor in 2001.

In Hinton’s final three seasons in Indianapolis, he enjoyed blocking for future Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, who joined the Colts in October 1987 in a three-team trade that also included the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills.

Hinton has been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s preliminary ballot several years running.

Jeff Saturday

Saturday was the anchor for one of the greatest offensive attacks in NFL history, playing along the offensive line — mostly at center — for the Colts from 1999 through 2011 before wrapping up his career with the Green Bay Packers in 2012.

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Intro: The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Matt Jones to the practice squad and released outside linebacker Garrett Sickels from the practice squad.

The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Matt Jones to the practice squad and released outside linebacker Garrett Sickels from the practice squad.

Jones, 6-2, 239 pounds, was originally claimed by the Colts off waivers (from Washington) on September 3. He played in 20 career games (seven starts) with Washington (2015-16) and compiled 243 carries for 950 yards (3.9 avg.) and six touchdowns. Jones also caught 27 passes for 377 yards and one touchdown. He was originally selected by the Redskins in the third round (95th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida.

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The Indianapolis Colts weren’t well-regarded in last week’s season-opening NFL power rankings.

Then they went to Los Angeles and … you’re aware of what happened against the Rams.

So where are the Colts now? In a couple of cases, in the league basement. But in many cases, they get an edge over the New York Jets.

And away we go.

It’s worth noting the Colts don’t have the worst roster in the NFL. However, they have a bottom-10 roster paired with a quarterback situation that is embarrassing.

There’s no reason to take pity on the Colts, though. They knew Andrew Luck was coming off shoulder surgery and did nothing to strengthen the position. Scott Tolzien is an average backup who started the opener because Indianapolis refused to properly prepare. Because of this, it’s hard to feel sorry after the 46-9 loss.

In addition to having issues at quarterback, the Colts were hampered by offensive mistakes and poor management from the sideline. Rookie running back Marlon Mack had a would-be touchdown in the first quarter that officials ruled out at the 1-yard line. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano didn’t challenge the call—Mack appeared to have broken the plane—and a touchdown was kept off the board.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JANUARY 01: Frank Gore #23 of the Indianapolis Colts is brought down by Telvin Smith #50 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of a game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

With Madden ’18 hitting the shelves in time for the regular season, we looked at the Colts’ most overrated players according to this year’s ratings.

RB Frank Gore: 83 Overall

There’s no question that Frank Gore has had an incredible career during his 12 NFL seasons, but rating him at an 83 overall is a bit high at 34 years of age. He has a speed rating of 82 and an acceleration rating of 88, which are both a bit high.

A couple of ratings that are spot on, however, are his awareness and toughness ratings that both come in at 97. Gore is a fantastic professional and it’s amazing that he’s still playing at this level, but 83 overall seems a bit ridiculous.

WR Kamar Aiken: 78 Overall

The Colts were hoping they were getting a receiver that was deserving of a 78 overall rating when they signed Kamar Aiken this offseason, but he hasn’t been very impressive thus far in his tenure in Indianapolis.

He was expected to come in and take the third wide receiver spot, but he currently sits behind Chester Rogers on the depth chart, who is listed at 67 overall in Madden ’18. Aiken could prove this rating was correct with a big year, but that doesn’t seem likely.

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