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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
On Colts as villians, Powers, Sanders, Moore

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Highlights and notes from Wednesday’s media session with the Colts.

Peyton Manning understands what a Super Bowl win would mean to New Orleans, so he understands that to many fans the Colts are wearing the black hat.

“We certainly understand we may not be the team that everybody is cheering for in this game,” he said. “We’re OK with that… I think as far as non-New Orleans Saints fans, non-Colts fans, somebody is going to pick a team to follow and they will probably pick the Saints. That’s fine.

“We talk about all the stories this week, when it comes down the game though, it gets down to the X's and O's and I think the more you can block out from the outside, the better off you’re going to be.”

Cornerback Jerraud Powers, who missed the AFC Championship Game and did not practice last week with a left foot injury, said he doesn’t know how much he’s going to practice but has no doubt he will play against the Saints.

That’s big. With Dwight Freeney expected to be limited, the Colts can’t afford a big hit in the secondary. With Kelvin Hayden, Powers and Jacob Lacey as the top three corners, Indy is in good shape. Pull Tim Jennings further up the pecking order and it could be trouble.

Players on IR have the option of attending media sessions, a team official told me. I saw Anthony Gonzalez and Jim Sorgi Tuesday and I chatted with Marlin Jackson Wednesday at the availability at the team hotel. Jackson told me he didn’t have a choice -- that he was told to attend.

Bob Sanders has been invisible so far. A player told me he’s with the team but was not part of the team photo taken on media day.

While Howard Mudd is preparing for the last game of his career, Tom Moore has no idea what the future holds.

“My plans go up to Sunday,” he said. “I don’t like to complicate my life.”

My frienemy Tim Graham told me this stat from Tuesday's Mudd column (link above, you need to read it) is too good not to mention a second time: Ryan McCrystal of EPSN Stats & Information tells me since sacks became an official stat in 1982, no one has been sacked more than John Elway (516). At his current pace Manning would break that record at some point during his 29th season in the league, just before his 50th birthday.

How crazy is that?