ANDERSON, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Colts return to the practice field at Anderson (Indiana) University on Wednesday morning after having Tuesday off. They'll have a walk through that's closed to the public at 9:30 a.m. ET then have an open practice at 1:50 p.m.
Here are three areas to monitor Wednesday.
Could this be the day injured players Vontae Davis (groin), LaRon Landry (groin) and Trent Richardson (hamstring) get on the practice field? I'd be more surprised if it happened than if they didn't practice. The Colts are taking the ultimate careful approach with their injured players after they had an NFL-high 17 players end up on injured reserve during the 2013 season. “I think it would be foolish on our part not to be proactive like we were in the offseason and do a lot of research,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “Our trainers, our strength staff, we went to work and we looked at the last two seasons. We looked at 2012, the guys that we placed on IR. We looked at all the guys last year, tried to find common threads, common themes and do everything that we can within our power, again, be proactive so that certainly we don't place 17 guys on IR again.”
Expect quarterback Andrew Luck to have a bounce-back practice against the defense after he threw three interceptions against the unit in practice Monday. Luck probably spent part of his off day Tuesday watching film from that practice to make sure he doesn't have a repeat. “He'll continue to work on his fundamentals and his technique, and work his eyes, and controlling safeties, and moving the defense and identifying the defense and working the cadence. All those things,” Pagano said after practice Monday.
The Colts added running back Phillip Tanner to the roster Tuesday. Davin Meggett was signed over the weekend. The goal is to find the third running back after Vick Ballard (Achilles) was lost for the season. Being able to contribute on special teams is also a plus for those auditioning for the position. General manager Ryan Grigson will continue to turn over every rock until he finds a player he believes is capable of handling that role.