More game planning
With the starters expected to play more against the Browns, there will be more of a regular-season approach with game offensive and defensive game plans. NFL teams usually do not fully game plan during their first two pre-season games.
“We try to treat this one, the third preseason game, as a normal in-season game week. So [Tuesday], yeah, [we treated] like a normal Wednesday. [Today] will be like a normal Thursday and [Thursday] will be like a Friday,” Pagano explained.
“So [we] try to indoctrinate them, put a little bit of a game plan that’s not as extensive as it will be for our opener against Oakland. But we will study some tape and get the guys used to the process.”
Tight end Dwayne Allen (foot), rookie offensive guard Hugh Thornton (ankle), rookie outside linebacker Daniel Adongo (bicep), wide receiver Griff Whalen (groin), defensive end Fili Moala (knee), Bradshaw (foot) and Angerer all practiced on Tuesday.
Wide receiver LaVon Brazill did not participate. Brazill, who will miss the first four regular season games due to violations of the National Football League’s substance abuse policies, sat out with his right foot in a walking boot. The extent and type of injury was not immediately known.
Also missing the workout were safety Joe Lefeged (calf), inside linebacker Josh McNary (hamstring), rookie nose tackle Montori Hughes (stinger), outside linebacker Lawrence Sidbury (shoulder), cornerback Teddy Williams (quad), Landry and Fleener (knee).
“Fleener is the same. He’s day-to-day. Dwayne Allen, we’ll start to work him back into practice this week. We’ll monitor his reps. Lawrence Sidbury, again, he’s going to get a second opinion. We’ll know more on him either later in the week or early next week,” Pagano said.
“More than likely doubtful for this game, probably won’t play. And then Fili [Moala], we took off of [the physically unable to perform list] and we’re going to start to work him in. Don’t anticipate, unless something drastic changes, him playing this week. But good to have him back off PUP and work him back in the mix.”
The Colts coach added that he does not plan on rushing Bradshaw back too soon before the regular season opener with Oakland. He was in full pads for the first time since signing with the team this past spring.
“We’ll monitor it and make sure we take care of him as far as reps go. But we’re going to get him in there, get him through some individual [work],” he said. “Then we’ll pick a period here, pick a period there to get him a couple of reps in each of those deals. We’re going to ease him into it.”
With Brazill sidelined, Indianapolis signed former Arena League wide receiver/defensive back Maurice Williams Monday night.
Williams (6-1, 195) played for Cleveland and Orlando in the AFL. He played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh.
Roster cuts coming up
The first of two mandated roster cuts was slated for Tuesday. Teams are currently carrying 90 players during training camp. That number must be trimmed to 75 by Tuesday.
A final roster cut from 75 to the regular-season limit of 53 will come the following Saturday (Aug. 31).
“It’s going to be tough. Just getting to 75 is tougher this year. Obviously getting to 53 after the Cincinnati ball game is going to be tough,” Pagano voiced.
“We’ve got a lot of guys taking full advantage of their opportunities. We’ re deeper at every position. We wanted to create competition. This is what we wanted as far as the roster goes. It’s going to be a much tougher task this time around.”