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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Is a lineup change coming on the O-line?

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's taken a little time, but I'm starting to learn how Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano operates (not counting linebacker Pat Angerer's injury news earlier this week) when it comes to possible lineup changes.

He doesn't directly say a change is coming but he hints at it.

That was the case Wednesday afternoon at the Colts' facility. Pagano was asked about Mike McGlynn remaining the starting center once Samson Satele returns from his elbow injury.

Pagano said last week that a player wouldn't lose his starting spot because of an injury.

The coach's response was different this time.

“We'll do what's best for the team and what gives us the best opportunity to win the game,” Pagano said.

Sometimes a little goes a long way.

Depending on the health of the rest of the offensive line, McGlynn will continue to start at center.

I don't look at it as Pagano not staying true to his word. I look at it as he's doing what's best for the team.

You're usually not in a good position when McGlynn plays guard, but the Colts' three best rushing games of the season came when he started at center in place of Satele.

The Colts rushed for 184 yards against San Francisco in Week 3, 157 yards against Jacksonville in Week 4 and 152 yards against Houston last weekend.

This may turn out to be a moot point for now because of the number of injuries they're dealing with on the offensive line.

Joe Reitz (concussion), Hugh Thornton (neck) and Jeff Linkenbach (quad) -- who are all guards -- did not practice Wednesday and Satele was limited.

So the Colts could go with a starting offensive line of Satele at center, Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus at tackle and McGlynn and Xavier Nixon at guard against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But when everybody is healthy -- if that happens this season -- don't be surprised to see McGlynn starting at center.