Indianapolis Colts: Lawrence Guy

SAN DIEGO -- It’s pretty unusual to make a game-changing play for one team, and then line up against them the following week.

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But new San Diego Chargers defensive end Lawrence Guy could get that opportunity on Monday, when the Indianapolis Colts come to town.

Guy blocked a field goal attempt by Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka that was returned 61 yards by Delano Howell in the Colts’ 34-28 win over the Seahawks last Sunday. Guy played 23 snaps on defense and another 16 on special teams.

A day later the Colts waived Guy to make room on the 53-man roster for receiver LaVon Brazill, who was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Guy hopes he’s active on Monday night so he can play against his former teammates.

“I can’t wait,” Guy said. “I spent almost a year and a half playing against those guys in practice, so if they activate me, it’s going to be fun going against those familiar faces again.”

A Las Vegas native who played at Arizona State, Guy said he’s pleased to be back on the West Coast where most of his family is located. And he should not face a big adjustment in terms of scheme, with the Colts and Chargers both running a 3-4 defensive alignment.

At 6-foot-4 and 318 pounds, Guy will be asked to give San Diego depth at defensive end.

While there are little secrets between teams in the league, with Guy, recent practice squad addition running back Kerwynn Williams and general manager Tom Telesco all having ties to the Colts, San Diego coach Mike McCoy should have a good idea of Indianapolis’ scheme, personnel and tendencies in game-day situations.

“We’re trying to do what’s best for the football team,” McCoy said. “And we’re trying to get players that can help us win, and that’s what we’re looking to do every week, week in and week out. It just happened that we’re playing them this week.

“So we made some changes on the roster, obviously. They came from Indy, so we’ll ask them a few questions.”

Hero one day, gone the next for DE Guy

October, 7, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – A star one day, released the next day. That’s the unfortunate situation defensive lineman Lawrence Guy experienced with the Indianapolis Colts.

Guy blocked a field goal, which was picked up and returned for a touchdown, in Sunday’s victory over the Seattle Seahawks. But his time with the Colts came to an end Monday when the team released him to make room on the roster for receiver LaVon Brazill.

Brazill was suspended the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The Colts announced Monday that the exemption on Brazill had been lifted, which meant they had to release a player.

“Again, the roster is fluid and have to make some tough decisions, as you know,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “It’s always what’s best for the team, what gives us the best chance to win. Lawrence did a great job the last couple of weeks, bringing him back when Ricky went down. Obviously played well yesterday and did a nice job. Thank him for his contributions.”

Releasing Guy means defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois is close to returning to the lineup. Jean Francois missed the past two games with a strained groin. He'll return to the practice field on Wednesday.

Here’s what Pagano said about the other injured players:

--The Colts hope to have safety LaRon Landry (ankle) back on the practice field later this week. He’s missed the past three games with a high ankle sprain.

--Like Landry, fullback Stanley Havili (ankle) could practice later this week.

Upon Further Review: Colts Week 5

October, 7, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- A review of three topics from the Indianapolis Colts34-28 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

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Thomas J. Russo/USA TODAY SportsColts RB Trent Richardson finished Sunday's game against Seattle with 56 yards on 18 carries.
DPOY: You should have Colts linebacker Robert Mathis on your defensive player of the year list if you didn't have him on there before. Mathis has made any thoughts about him not being able to be a force without former teammate Dwight Freeney vanish. Mathis leads the league in sacks with 9.5 after picking up two Sunday. He also became the 30th player in league history to reach 100 career sacks when he recorded a strip sack on the final play of the first half. “I can appreciate it and never take it for granted because it is a big milestone,” Mathis said. “Appreciate it and I’m very blessed.”

Finding a rhythm: Running back Trent Richardson had a brutal first half -- and that’s being polite -- when he ran for 2 yards on six carries. But things changed for him in the second half when he averaged 5.4 yards on his 12 carries. You had a feeling Richardson would have a better second half when he took off for 16 yards, his longest run of the season, on his first carry. His best run came when he went off the left tackle for a 10-yard gain on third-and-5 to keep a drive alive in the fourth quarter. Adam Vinatieri later made a 49-yard field goal to put the Colts up 34-28. Richardson is still working to find a rhythm, with his play in the second half being a step in the right direction. “Everything is starting to slow down for me,” he said. “At first, you know it was pretty fast, trying to learn. Now I’ve played three games. With that, I’m still a professional, so at the same time I got to be on my P’s and Q’s. I've got to know what’s going on.”

Special teams were special: It was a rough start on special teams. The normally reliable Pat McAfee shanked his first punt -- 34 yards -- giving the Seahawks the ball near midfield. Then the Seahawks overloaded the middle and ran a pick-and-roll (excuse the basketball terminology) on snapper Matt Overton, allowing Jermaine Kearse to block McAfee’s punt. Jeron Johnson couldn’t gather the ball before it went out of the back of the end zone, giving Seattle a safety. The Colts countered the Seahawks’ blocked punt when defensive lineman Lawrence Guy blocked Steven Hauschka’s 48-yard field goal attempt. Safety Delano Howell picked up the loose ball and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown, barely outrunning Seattle holder Jon Ryan. “He was kind of quick,” Howell said. “I wasn’t expecting that. Respect to him. I heard he was a wide receiver at one point.” Sunday marked the fourth time in team history that the Colts have returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown.

Ricky Jean Francois out against Jaguars

September, 25, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will be without starting defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Jean Francois injured his groin in the second half of their win over San Francisco last weekend.

“Groin injury looks to be a little bit worse than anticipated,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “(He) might be out a week or so.”

The Colts gave an indication that Jean Francois’ injury would cost him some time when they re-signed defensive lineman Lawrence Guy on Tuesday.

Jean Francois wasn’t the only Colt not to practice Wednesday. Safety Antoine Bethea (toe), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and safety LaRon Landry (ankle) also missed practice. Bradshaw’s injury is surprising because Pagano didn’t mention him when he ran down the list of injured players during the media session.

Linebacker Pat Angerer (knee) and center Samson Satele (elbow) both were limited in practice after missing the 49ers game. Satele will start with Mike McGynn moving back to guard if he’s able to play against the Jaguars.

The Colts signed receiver Da’Rick Rogers and running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad Wednesday. Both players were released from the 53-man roster Tuesday. To make room for Williams and Rodgers, the Colts released receiver Danny Coale and running back Miguel Maysonet from the practice squad.

Colts bring Guy back to help defensive line

September, 24, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The first sign that Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois' groin injury could cause him to miss some time came Tuesday morning when the team announced that it re-signed defensive lineman Lawrence Guy. The Colts also signed offensive tackle Xavier Nixon off Washington’s practice squad.

Jean Francois was injured in the second half of Sunday’s victory in San Francisco.

Guy is a familiar name for the Colts. He was with the Colts last season, starting two of the nine games he appeared in. He was cut by the team last month.

The Colts could also use extra bodies on the offensive line. Center Samson Satele missed the 49ers game with an elbow injury and guard Donald Thomas is out for the season with a torn quad.

Indianapolis Colts cut-down analysis

August, 31, 2013
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Most significant move: Defensive lineman Fili Moala didn’t play in the preseason because was he was still rehabbing a knee injury from late 2012, but that didn’t stop him from making the roster. Keeping Moala put an end to fellow defensive lineman Drake Nevis’ time with the Colts. Fullback Dominique Jones was cut, leaving the Colts with only one fullback on the roster, Stanley Havili.

A feel-good story: Linebacker Caesar Rayford kept hearing from NFL teams over the years that they liked what they saw out of him on video while he played in the Arena Football League. Rayford, however, never got an invite to a training camp from any of those teams. That changed this year when the Colts, led by general manager Ryan Grigson’s willingness to search anywhere for talent, invited Rayford to camp. Rayford didn’t disappoint, either. He had a team-high five sacks during the preseason. Rayford now has a spot on the 53-man roster. The 27-year-old rookie’s best bet to get on the field will likely be on special teams. He’ll take it after getting looked over for so many years while he played in the Canadian and Arena Football League.

What’s next: Grigson and his staff aren’t going to sit tight. They’ll continue to monitor which players -- especially offensive linemen and possibly fullback -- around the league were released, and don’t be surprised if the roster the Colts take into their season opener against Oakland on Sept. 8 is completely different than the current one. The Colts will likely add quarterback Chandler Harnish and linebacker Daniel Adongo to the practice squad if both players clear waivers. Adongo didn’t play in the preseason, but the Colts are intrigued by the former rugby player. Harnish was on the practice squad last season.

Colts cuts: LB: Daniel Adongo, Josh McNary, Monte Simmons, Shawn Loiseau. DB: Larry Asante, Marshay Green, Sheldon Price, Daxton Swanson. OL: Thomas Austin, Ben Ijalana, Bradley Sowell, Lee Ziemba, Emmett Cleary. DL: Lawrence Guy, Drake Nevis, Martin Tevaseu. QB: Chandler Harnish. FB: Robert Hughes. TE: Dominique Jones. WR: Jeremy Kelley, Jabin Sambrano, Lanear Sampson

Predicting the Colts' 53-man roster

August, 30, 2013
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Here’s my projection at what the Colts' 53-man roster will look like:

Quarterback

Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck

Comment: The Colts are in good hands with Luck and Hasselbeck.

Running back

Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams

Comment: Williams locked in his spot as the fourth running back by rushing for 92 yards against Cincinnati. He’ll also likely return kicks.

Fullback

Stanley Havili, Dominique Jones

Comment: Havili proved that he can be another option for Luck to throw to out of the backfield against Cleveland last weekend.

Wide receiver

Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, TY Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Griff Whalen, David Reed

Comment: Colts are set with Wayne, Heyward-Bey and Hilton, but depth is still a concern at receiver.

Tight end

Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Justice Cunningham

Comment: You have to cross your fingers that Fleener’s preseason problems were just that and they won’t linger into the regular season.

Offensive line

Anthony Castonzo, Donald Thomas, Samson Satele, Mike McGlynn, Gosder Cherilus, Hugh Thornton, Joe Reitz, Khaled Holmes, Jeff Linkenbach

Comment: The Colts’ scoring success depends heavily on how well this unit protects Luck

Defense

Defensive line

Cory Redding, Josh Chapman, Ricky Jean Francois, Aubrayo Franklin, Montori Hughes, Lawrence Guy, Drake Nevis

Comment: The defensive line has to prove it can stop the run.

Linebackers

Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner, Caesar Rayford, Pat Angerer, Jerrell Freeman, Kavell Conner, Mario Harvey, Kelvin Sheppard

Comment: Rayford is the surprise name on this list, but the 27-year-old former Canadian and Arena League player earned a roster spot by having a very strong training camp.

Cornerbacks

Greg Toler, Vontae Davis, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy

Comment: The Colts are in good hands if Davis and Butler play like they did during the preseason.

Safeties

LaRon Landry, Antoine Bethea, Joe Lefeged, Larry Asante

Comment: Asante made a strong case to make the roster with an interception against Cleveland and 13 tackles against Cincinnati. Don’t count out Sergio Brown, though.

Special teams

Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee, Matt Overton

Comment: No comment necessary

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star made his 53-man roster projection earlier this week.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan did the same.

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