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Colts Camp

August 15, 2011

Colts release Davis

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Nate Davis era with the Indianapolis Colts lasted just two preseason series.

The former Ball State star quarterback was released by the team Monday.

He reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Colts shortly after free agency began in late July. Under the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, Davis was unable to practice during the first four days of training camp at Anderson University.

When he finally did get on the field, Davis struggled to grasp Indianapolis’ complex offensive system.

He saw limited action during Saturday’s preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams. Davis directed two drives during the fourth quarter, going 3-of-7 for 36 yards and compiling a quarterback rating of 59.2.

Head coach Jim Caldwell said the team’s depth chart simply was too crowded at quarterback. The Colts still have Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky and Mike Hartline participating in camp.

“We just have too many guys to work, to get ready,” Caldwell said. “So we’re just looking at the guys that we have and trying to create some kind of a pecking order. Because Curtis is going to play more now as the preseason goes on. We’ve gotta give him more reps in practice. Then also the same thing with the two guys behind him. It’s just a numbers deal. He worked hard, and he’s a fine young man. We wish him the best, and hopefully he’ll catch on with somebody.”

There was speculation before Monday’s afternoon practice that the move might mean starter Peyton Manning is close to being activated off the physically unable to perform list.

Manning has not participated in on-field activities since training camp began Aug. 1.

The Colts carried four quarterbacks throughout camp last year, but there was no move made regarding Manning on Monday.

Caldwell gave only a routine status update during his daily press conference.

“(Manning’s) coming along well,” Caldwell said. “Just kind of working at it, working extremely hard as you can anticipate and would expect. We’ll see how it goes.”

Caldwell previously has said he is uncertain whether Manning will be cleared to participate before camp breaks at Anderson University.

The Colts final practice at AU is Thursday.

Manning can be activated at any time before the regular season begins.

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Colts Camp
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    And he said the team is looking forward to Sunday’s home opener against Cleveland, coming on the heels of a 34-7 loss in Houston.

    September 13, 2011 1 Photo

  • 0819 sports colts camp 053.jpg Colts break camp

    As the team broke ranks and prepared to return to Indianapolis for today’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins, there was still no word on when Peyton Manning will make his season debut.

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo 1 Video

  • 0819 sports colts camp 140.jpg Stay at AU brings ‘brothers’ together

    For punter Pat McAfee there was just one little thing missing from Indianapolis Colts Training Camp this year.
    “My bed, not even a question. I love my bed. I enjoy Anderson University, obviously, but I’ve taken time on my bed to make it perfect for me and that’s what I’m excited to get back to,” McAfee said after the Colts’ final practice at AU on Thursday. “If I could have brought it here, which is what I should’ve done and what some vets do, it would have been a perfect experience.”

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • Detienne sends team back to Indianapolis

    A face familiar to Anderson football fans joined the Indianapolis Colts final huddle Thursday morning at Macholtz Stadium.
    Kerry Detienne, who was diagnosed with leukemia as a Highland senior in 2008, broke down the huddle and helped send the team on its way back home to Indianapolis.

    August 18, 2011

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    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

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    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

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    Defensive lineman Tyler Brayton got something of a rough introduction to the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday night.

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • 0819 sports colts camp 106.jpg Colts wrap up training camp

    The Indianapolis Colts broke training camp Thursday with a 75-minute practice at Macholtz Stadium.

    August 18, 2011 1 Photo 1 Video

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    Rookie Anthony Castonzo and second-year player Joe Reitz were to the left of center Jeff Saturday, while Jeff Linkenbach was at right tackle with Ryan Diem at right guard.
    The biggest shock was Diem’s move from tackle to guard — a position he hasn’t played in nine years.

    August 17, 2011 2 Photos 1 Video

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    If you’re heading out to the final Indianapolis Colts practice and it isn’t your first visit this year, be prepared for a bit of culture shock.

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