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Colts pursuit of first win

Posted By Jake Kores On Dec 7 2011 @ 1:18 pm In Indianapolis Colts | 10 Comments

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The Indianapolis Colts added two players to their roster Tuesday. The team (0-12) added defensive back Brandon King and linebacker Kevin Bentley and placed Defensive Tackle Drake Nevis on Injured reserve.

Peyton Manning is still a hopeful, after his second evaluation in late November by Dr. Robert Watkins reporting:

“X-ray and CT examination of the surgical area shows that the fusion performed in September has achieved firm fixation,” said Dr. Robert Watkins. “Peyton will now be allowed to increase the intensity and breadth of his workouts as tolerated. There remains every indication that his recovery will continue. There still is no timetable for Peyton’s return to practice, which is one of many steps in his expected return to game action. He is working hard on a rehabilitation program outlined in conjunction with myself, Erin Barill and Peyton. His response to this plan in the future will dictate his return date.

He will continue to sit on the sidelines with an earpiece in one ear, hoping to help new starter Dan Orlovsky, who made his first start since 2008 with the Lions, in their dreadful 0-16 season.

Last week Orlovsky battled with one of the league’s best, Tom Brady, in what we can consider a very strong first start. Orlovsky replaced Curtis Painter, who was nothing short of dreadful in 8 starts, losing every game with a Quarterback Rating of 66, throwing for only 6 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Orlovsky dazzled early, connecting with Pierre Garcon for a 50 yard touchdown. He only had 7 incompletions all game, one of which was an interception thrown to Jerod Mayo.

Win or lose, this is a good sign for the Colts. Let’s not jump the gun too early on Orlovsky as a starting Quarterback in this league; he needs a couple more starts for us to determine that. Curtis Painter doing so terrible could turn out to be a blessing for the Colts after all, because let’s be honest, without Peyton Manning the Colts are nothing (as we have come to find out). Orlovsky, if a proven starter could not only give the Colts leverage for “trade bait” but he could also (hypothetically speaking) give them freedom to go a different route come Draft Day from the ever so popular Andrew Luck. Although, doubtful that the Colts will pick anyone but Luck. Nonetheless, If Orlovsky is ready to be an efficient quarterback in this league; we can certainly say that it gives the Colts more options than they were considering with Painter under the helm.

The Colts could use a young and talented running back just as much, if not more than a young QB that is more consistent than Donald Brown, and Joseph Addai. Indianapolis could draft Alabama stud Trent Richardson instead of Luck and either draft a second round quarterback, or trade up. This is where Orlovsky’s next couple starts are very important. If he keeps doing well, and proving his worth as an NFL starter, this could allow the Colts to trade up, and get two first round picks in attempt to rebuild their apparent “gimpy offense”
Next game Orlovsky will face a monstrous challenge with the Baltimore Ravens. If tuned into this game, keep in mind the future for the Colts, watch how Orlovsky handles one of the leagues more fierce pass rushes (Notables: Ngata, Suggs). We are all now faced with the decision: Starter, or not a Starter.

 

Injury Notables:
Joeseph Addai (Hamstring, did not practice, status questionable)
Blair White(Knee, did not practice, status questionable)
Jamaal Anderson (Hip, limited practice, status questionable)
Stevie Brown (Hamstring, limited practice, status questionsable)

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