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Afternoon Update

Colts Camp

August 16, 2011

Colts put on a show

9,000 attend final night practice

ANDERSON, Ind. — Pat McAfee missed his chance to be a hero.


But an estimated crowd of 9,000 still went home happy after the Indianapolis Colts’ final night practice of training camp Tuesday night at Macholtz Stadium.

McAfee moved into the spotlight when he was asked to kick a pair of extra-long field goals at the end of practice.

With Curtis Painter running the first team offense, the Colts stalled at their own 45-yard line in a 35-second hurry-up drill. McAfee came in to attempt the 72-yard field goal, but his kick landed about two yards short of the goal-line.

Dan Orlovsky and the second team did slightly better, advancing to the defense’s 45-yard line before McAfee was called upon. His 62-yard kick had plenty of distance but was wide right.

The two-hour practice was preceded by a concert in Colts City and followed by a fireworks show.

In between, fans were treated to a relatively routine show.

Austin Collie sat out his third straight practice with a knee injury he suffered during Saturday’s preseason opener at St. Louis.

Meanwhile, newly signed defensive lineman Tyler Brayton made his first practice appearance in full pads. He looked impressive in a couple of reps against the offensive linemen during a “towel” drill in which the offense takes on the defense one-on-one with a towel representing the quarterback behind the offensive line.

One other lineup wrinkle raised a few eyebrows.

Ryan Diem, who has been the starting right tackle throughout training camp, worked at right guard with the first team offensive line. Jeff Linkenbach moved over from left to right tackle, and Jeff Saturday, Joe Reitz and Anthony Castonzo filled out the center, left guard and left tackle positions, respectively.

That combination gives Indianapolis a huge offensive front. Linkenbach is 6-foot-6 and 311 pounds. Diem goes 6-6, 320, Reitz is 6-7, 320 and Castonzo is listed at 6-7 and 305. Saturday is the one exception at 6-2, 295.

Painter had a highlight during 11-on-11 drills, firing a short touchdown pass over the middle to Anthony Gonzalez.

Defensive captain Gary Brackett made the highlight on his side of the ball, pulling in a pass from Orlovsky over the middle to force the night’s lone turnover.

The Colts return to practice today at 2 p.m.

Training camp breaks after Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. workout.

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    August 18, 2011 1 Photo

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