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Friday, August 16, 2013
Final observations from Colts training camp

By Mike Wells

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts wrapped up their training camp Friday with Adam Vinatieri nailing a 50-yard field goal. They signed some autographs and then made a mad dash down I-69 to get back to their own beds after almost three weeks of sleeping in a college dorm.

The Colts obviously feel better now than they did when they opened camp on July 28. But there’s still the unknown of what type of team they’ll be. Part of it is because they’ve only played one preseason game. The other part is because they’ve dealt with injuries throughout camp.

Two likely starters -- free safety LaRon Landry and running back Ahmad Bradshaw -- worked out with a handful of their teammates on the practice field Friday while the rest of the team practiced in shoulder pads and helmets on the main field.

Tight end Dwayne Allen, who is rotating between orthotics and walking boot, is still out. Linebacker Pat Angerer just started practicing this week after spending the first part of camp on the physically unable to perform list. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey missed a little time with a sprained left knee. Same goes for linebacker Jerrell Freeman (shoulder).

So it’s way too early to say the Colts are definitely going to be a better team. You won’t get an indication of that until they have everybody healthy again. Coach Chuck Pagano said the injuries have set them “back a little bit.”

I touched on a lot of things in the Camp Confidential, which ran Friday. Here are some other observations from camp: