ANDERSON, Ind. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Indianapolis Colts training camp:
Colts owner Jim Irsay made his first appearance at training camp practice Friday afternoon. How much longer Irsay will remain around the team is one of the NFL's biggest questions out there. Irsay said, "There's nothing to report," when asked if he's talked to Roger Goodell. The NFL commissioner has maintained the stance that he's going to let Irsay's issues play out before deciding how he'll discipline him. Irsay was charged with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a C misdemeanor, and one count of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body, also a C misdemeanor, after being arrested in March. He has a pre-trial hearing set for Monday and a bench trial date of Aug. 28.
Running back Trent Richardson, rookie offensive lineman Jack Mewhort, safety LaRon Landry and cornerback Vontae Davis did not practice Friday. Richardson and Mewhort didn't practice for precautionary reasons, according to coach Chuck Pagano. Landy and Davis have yet to practice in training camp. "[Landry and Davis have] got a couple of nagging soft tissue injuries, so like I said before, we're going to be smart with our guys that are coming back off of injury."
The defense, which was inconsistent last season, outplayed the offense in practice Friday. Defensive backs Marcus Burley, Mike Adams and Loucheiz Purifoy all had interceptions in practice. The play by the defense followed impressive play from the unit Thursday in which it returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Practice should be even more interesting between the two sides Saturday because the Colts will have their first practice in pads.
Irsay did spend time talking about the expectations surrounding the team this season. The Colts have made the playoffs the past two seasons, including winning the AFC South last season. Their goals, like every other team in the league, is much higher this season. "Well, I really think we have the mindset to win a championship and that this group isn't afraid to shy down from the lofty goal that that is," he said. "And with the group we have here and with Andrew [Luck] really being seasoned now and doing such amazing things in only two years, everyone understands the expectations. You know when you have a great player like Andrew at quarterback that everyone's going to set the bar high for achievement. So we won the division, we won a playoff game, and now it's just a question of trying to get deeper. But the first goal, of course, is to try to win the division, and that's going to be tough."