The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

October 30, 2012

Welcome back Donald Brown

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INDIANAPOLIS —

 
The Colts averaged five yards per rushing attempt in the win over Tennessee, a big improvement from their season average of 3.7 yards per carry.
 
"It was unbelievable [for Brown] to come back and show as much pop and explosiveness as he did so short after that injury. It was great," Luck voiced. "I think [his running] provided a great lift, a great spell for Vick and Mewelde [Moore] and Delone. He's a big part of our offense. It was a big boost to have him out there."
 
Luck finished the day by completing 26-of-38 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked twice.
 
Arians likes the running game -- When interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was hired by coach Chuck Pagano, one thing the pair wanted to instill in the Indianapolis offense was a strong 'gut it out' on the ground mentality.
 
The running game, though, has struggled through the first six games of the season. It had become a hit or miss proposition, although it was more miss than hit. That is until Sunday's game with Tennessee.
 
"[The running game] does everything. It just takes the heart out of the defense when you can run it down their throats. Especially when you are running it in on the goal line and you don't have to do anything else," Arians said.
 
Almost intercepted -- As big a play as Luck's game-winning touchdown toss to Ballard was, it came within a whisker of not happening at all.
 
Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley made a play on the ball just as the catch was being made. A step or two quicker on the play and Wimbley could have been sprinting 90 yards in the other direction.
 
"I turned around and threw it and saw a Titans uniform flash. I said, 'Oh God, this may be the end of the game in the wrong way,' " the rookie quarterback said. "I saw Vick catch it. I saw somebody -- I don't know who it was -- just driving a guy in a block and what a wonderful individual effort by [Ballard] to get it in [the end zone]."

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