Some of those men — including starting inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman and rookie outside linebacker Bjoern Werner — returned to the practice field Tuesday. Others are expected back throughout the week, and that should improve the play of the defense and depth throughout the roster.
But there were plenty of issues on the field, as well.
The first-team offense failed to score on its two drives, though it was deep in Buffalo territory on the last possession. That’s when tight end Coby Fleener fumbled after a 23-yard pass play and ended the drive at the Bills’ 24-yard line.
Fleener — who later was diagnosed with a concussion and missed Tuesday’s practice — also had a pass from second-string quarterback Matt Hasselbeck knocked out of his hands in the end zone by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Those two plays represent at least 10 points left on the field by the Indianapolis offense, and there were other missed opportunities throughout the game.
“Offensively, I feel not only ones, twos and threes, everybody out there, I feel like we definitely could have performed better,” Luck said. “I know on the plays on our end, we would have loved to score touchdowns. You don’t want to turn the ball over when you get in the red zone. And that first drive, you want to put something together and convert a third down, a couple third downs. But such is the way it is. We’ll learn from it and get better this week.”
The Colts have three more days to get better in training camp.
The secluded environment with players staying together in dorms is conducive to such improvement. The focus is entirely on football without many outside distractions.
And the concentration is narrow. There’s no game planning yet and little dissection of the opposition. As Luck likes to say, it’s still really about the Colts.
“You’re sort of living, eating, breathing football,” Luck said. “So improvement (comes with that). I think we really are still working on personal improvement. What areas can I perform better in technique-wise?
Then obviously as the weeks go on, you get closer to the regular season, you start focusing more on the teams you are going to end up playing. So we’re excited for a good last week here at Anderson.”