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October 12, 2012

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Mathis is expected to be replaced by the tandem of Justin Hickman and Jerry Hughes.
 
“I think the big thing is just communicating more with the other guy, whoever it is on the opposite side. When Rob’s out there, there is not much that needs to be said. He understands what to do, where to be, we kind of mesh together pretty well," Freeney explained.
 
 
"Whoever is going to be on the other side, it’s going to be kind of a rotation deal probably. I’ll probably be communicating a little more.”
 
 
While defensive coordinator Greg Manusky is going to try and make the best out of the situation, Defensive end Cory Redding and Freeney will be expected to lead the way for a few weeks.
 
 
"Having Dwight back out there was a big plus for us [last week] because he’s a Pro Bowl player that they have to account for. I think he kind of gets everyone revved up along with Cory," Manusky said. "It was great to see that Cory got two sacks last week and we expect him to get a couple more this week.”
 
 
Good start by Luck, offense -- It's probably safe to say that rookie quarterback Andrew Luck is off to a pretty impressive start with the Indianapolis Colts.
 
Through the first four games of the season, Luck has completed 96-of-177 passes for 1,208 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He has completed 54 percent of his passes and has a 77.1 passer rating.
 
He's also rushed 16 times for 104 yards and a TD. That's good enough for second on the team in terms of total yardage. Most importantly, though, he has guided the Colts to a 2-2 record.
 
If not for a late touchdown scored by the Jacksonville Jaguars three weeks ago, Indianapolis would be rolling along with a somewhat surprising 3-1 record. Not bad for a team that retooled the roster in a major way during the offseason.
 
The Colts have gotten younger quickly. How young? Going into Sunday's road game with the New York Jets, Indianapolis will start four rookies -- Luck, running back Vick Ballard, tight end Coby Fleener and tight end Dwayne Allen.
 
And when the Colts go to three wide receivers, rookie T.Y. Hilton will come into the game. And rookie LaVon Brazill is also in the rotation.
 
Luck likes the way Indianapolis' offense is starting to come together. He knows, however, that the only important stat is the won-loss ledger. Anything beyond that doesn't mean much.
 
 
“I think wins are important, probably the number one thing. I think there are stats that do tell you a little bit of a story. I’ve always believed third-down percentage, completion percentage, touchdown-interception ratio," he said this week.
 
 
 
"I think they all are combined and entered to form a passer rating or whatever they may have. Wins, I think are the most important.”
 
Injury report -- Running back Donald Brown (knee), inside linebacker Pat Angerer (foot), cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle), offensive guard Joe Reitz (knee),defensive tackle Fili Moala (knee), nose tackle Martin Tevaseu (ankle), and Mathis did not practice Thursday.
 
Center Samson Satele (knee), running back Mewelde Moore (ankle) and Freeney all fully participated in the workout.

 

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