The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

October 30, 2012

Ballard uneasy about attention




“I think we are behind schedule,” he voiced. “We gave one game away that we should have had in our pocket [a 22-17 late-game home loss to Jacksonville],” he said after the Tennessee game. “We are just starting to scratch the surface of how good we can become if we all believe it. I think we’ll show up at practice Wednesday with a lot of enthusiasm.”

Defensive end Cory Redding said that the Colts are beginning to play with a chip on the shoulders.

“If we were to believe all of the writers and all of the naysayers, we would be 0-5 or 0-7 right now. Nobody picked us to win [the Titans] game. But we don’t give a crap about none of that. The men in this locker room are going to fight every week,” Redding said.

“We are going to go out there and play great team ball. [The win over the Titans] showed the heart of this team. I am very proud of my teammates.”

He added that Indianapolis is capable of pulling a few more surprises.

“Every week is crucial. We have to win whether we are at home or on the road. You have to stack wins in this league to be the team that you want to be in January. And we have to learn how to win on the road. No one said that it was going to be pretty.”

Inside linebacker Pat Angerer agrees.

“We’ve gotten four more wins than everyone thought we would have, so that’s good,” Angerer said. “We always knew that we could be a good football team. We are getting there. We are still not there yet. But with a little improvement there and there, we can be alright.”

Pagano visits coaches Monday -- Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano, who has been undergoing treatments for leukemia since Sept. 26, made an unexpected visit to the team's headquarters Monday.

“Probably shouldn’t tell you, but Chuck was in our staff meeting today. He had a great visit with his doctors and his counts were way up. He was feeling good, so he stopped in and was able to sit in the office with his staff and listen to everybody’s comments about the game," Arians said.

"I think it was great medicine for him. He’s doing extremely well and with his white [cell] count going up now that he’s ready for a second round of chemo next week. They’ll hit him pretty good next week and hopefully he’ll be able to be around a little bit more.”

Injury list -- There were no updates on the status of cornerback Vontae Davis (knee) and rookie tight end Coby Fleener (shoulder). Both were hurt Sunday at Tennessee.

"We’re still waiting for word on Coby Fleener’s shoulder and the MRI coming back on Vontae’s knee. We’ll know more on Wednesday on both those guys. Those guys were the only new additions [to the team's list of injured players]," Arians said.

"[Defensive tackle] Fili [Moala] and [outside linebacker] Robert [Mathis] hopefully will practice Wednesday. We look forward to having them back out there. [Cornerback] Darius Butler has a chance of [playing Sunday against Miami], so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he’s able to go as the week progresses also."

Moala and Mathis are both recovering from knee injuries. Butler has been nursing a sore shoulder.


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