Linebacker Brian Cushing is out with a season-ending knee injury, Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Schaub is out with an ankle injury, backup quarterback T.J. Yates lost the replacement job to Case Keenum, running back Arian Foster and receiver Andre Johnson have played through injuries and opposing defenses have scored at least one touchdown in each of the past six weeks.
Indy is under no illusions, though.
"They are a dangerous team, point blank, period," Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said. "Their scheme, the things they do, they do well. Make no mistake about it, we're not looking at their record because they are the two-time AFC South champions and we respect them as such."
And after taking a weeklong break, the Colts are ready to go.
"They were sharp as a tack," Pagano said. "Moved around, fresh legs, that whole thing. They were excellent."
Notes: Linebacker Bjoern Werner, Indy's No. 1 draft pick, returned to practice for the first time since sustaining a foot injury against Jacksonville on Sept. 29. ... The Colts also signed center Thomas Austin to the practice squad and waived offensive tackle Xavier Nixon.
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