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DeForest Buckner: If we’re consistent, we could finish as the No. 1 defense

The Colts finished with a top-10 defense in 2020, ending the year eighth in yards allowed and 10th in points allowed. Entering his second year with Indianapolis, defensive lineman DeForest Buckner thinks the unit can be significantly better in 2021 — as long as it’s more consistent. “We played some great ball games,” Buckner said Tuesday, [more]

Chris Ballard: We’ll continue to work on extensions for Darius Leonard, Braden Smith

Colts All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard will miss some early training camp practices as he works his way back from an ankle procedure. But that hasn’t changed Indianapolis’ desire to commit to him with a long-term deal. And Leonard isn’t the only one. The linebacker is entering the final season of his rookie contract, as is [more]

Colts elevate Kevin Rogers to director of player personnel

The Indianapolis Colts have promoted Kevin Rogers to director of player personnel as part of a handful of tweaks to the front office. The team announced on Monday they had promoted Rogers from his prior role as director of pro personnel. Rogers has been with the Colts for 20 years, joining the team as a [more]

Frank Reich tests positive for COVID-19

Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the first practices of training camp, the Colts announced on Monday. “I’m excited for training camp, however I’m disappointed I won’t be there with the team as we start,” Reich said in a statement. “I’m fortunate to be fully vaccinated and I’m [more]

Darius Leonard will miss some practice time after ankle surgery

The Colts will be without one of their defensive leaders in early training camp practices. Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said on Monday that linebacker Darius Leonard is going to be off the field for a while. Leonard had a surgical procedure on his ankle recently that Ballard described as minor, but it will be [more]

Eric Fisher to PUP list, Dayo Odeyingbo to NFI list for Colts

The Colts knew Eric Fisher would need some time to continue recovering from a torn Achilles when they signed him as a free agent this offseason and they made a roster move acknowledging that reality on Sunday. Fisher has been placed on the physically unable to perform list, which means he is ineligible to practice [more]

Report: Cowboys are expected to sign Malik Hooker if he passes physical

The Cowboys hosted safeties Damontae Kazee and Malik Hooker on visits in March. They signed Kazee. Hooker remains unsigned despite interest from several teams, including the Dolphins and Steelers, but the Cowboys have circled back. He visited the Cowboys for a second time, and if “everything checks out physically,” Hooker will sign with the team, [more]

Colts hope to sign Darius Leonard, Braden Smith to long-term deals before season

All offseason, the Colts have expressed a desire to sign linebacker Darius Leonard and right tackle Braden Smith to long-term deals. They now have 51 days to get that done before the season opener. “We don’t have anything to report right now, but we’d like to see both of those players get extensions before the [more]

Jim Irsay: Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do

With the NFL announcing that teams could have to forfeit games due to a COVID-19 outbreak among “non-vaccinated players/staff,” there are more incentives than ever for players to get a shot. Now another owner has come out in favor of his team’s players vaccinated as possible. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Colts owner Jim [more]

Colts to honor late 1950s teams with throwback uniform vs. Bucs

The Colts announced Wednesday they will wear a throwback uniform this season. They are going way back in time. The Colts will wear a throwback uniform modeled from 1956 in their game against the Buccaneers in Week 12 this season. It’s intended to honor the Baltimore Colts team of the late 1950s. The Colts won [more]

Hall of Fame to limit enshrinement speeches to eight minutes

Peyton Manning revealed last week that the Pro Football Hall of Fame will limit enshrinement speeches to eight minutes. The former quarterback said he’s timed his speech at 7 minutes, 50 seconds. “They’ve stressed that (brevity) in the past, but I don’t think it was enforced very well,” Manning said Friday, via Ted Lewis of [more]

21 NFL teams will hold joint practices in August

The NFL released the entire schedule of joint practices, and 21 teams will have at least one practice with another team. Only Washington, the Lions, Saints, Seahawks, Cardinals, Chiefs, Texans, Jaguars, Bengals, Steelers and Bills will not work with another team. Seven teams — the Eagles, Giants, Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Panthers and Rams — each [more]

Jim Irsay plunks down $915,000 for Elton John’s piano

The Colts won’t pay A+ money for B players. But Colts owner Jim Irsay will pay A+ money for A+ music memorabilia. Via Mike Wells of ESPN.com, Irsay has purchased a piano used by Elton John during his tours from 1974 through 1993. He signed the item, “Enjoy this as much as I have, Elton John.” [more]

Colts, Washington have NFL’s lowest vaccination rates at below 50 percent

Two NFL teams have still failed to get most of their players vaccinated. The Colts and the Washington Football Team are still under 50 percent vaccinated, according to Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press. That’s an update to a previous report that had the Colts and Washington joining the Chargers and Cardinals as the only [more]

Report: Four teams remain below 50 percent vaccination threshold

On the day a 10th team met the NFL’s 85 percent threshold of vaccinated players, the news is not as optimistic for four other teams. Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports Washington, Indianapolis, Arizona and the Chargers have the lowest vaccination rates in the league. All four have fewer than 50 percent of their [more]

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