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October 2, 2013

Colts just keep playing

INDIANAPOLIS — While injuries continue to pile up for the Indianapolis Colts, the team’s attitude remains pretty much the same. Just keep playing.

Coming off Sunday’s 37-3 shellacking of winless Jacksonville, the Colts head into this week’s home game with undefeated Seattle with three offensive starters – running back Vick Ballard, offensive guard Donald Thomas and tight end Dwayne Allen – sidelined for the season.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, signed as a veteran free agent last spring, started against San Francisco last week but missed Sunday’s game at Jacksonville with neck issues. He was replaced by recently acquired running back Trent Richardson.

Defense has had their share of injuries too. Safety LaRon Landry has missed multiple games with a sprained ankle. Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois sat out the Jaguars game with a strained groin. And it was announced on Monday that rookie outside linebacker Bjoern Werner will be out four to six weeks with a torn plantar fascia on his right foot.

The team’s response? So what.

“We are a team that never panics,” veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne admitted after the Jaguars game. “We just work the process and continue to play ball. We never get too high or too low. We just play all four quarters and at the end of the game look at the scoreboard and see what happens. Hopefully we can keep riding this wave and keep playing ball. It’s exciting, especially in the way we are winning in all three phases of the game.”

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano agrees.

“This is the National Football League. Every game and every team is tough. For [Indianapolis] to play as consistent in back-to-back weeks was good. And we are getting better and better,” Pagano voiced.

“I am really proud of this football team. We are going to know who we are and stick to that identity. We are going to go back [after the Jaguars win] and fix things we are going to need to fix and move into [this] week.”

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