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December 29, 2013

Colts vow not to look past Jacksonville


Bradley doesn't have to stretch for positive reinforcement this week.

Three of Jacksonville's four victories have come on the road, and the team has won in its last two appearances in Indianapolis.

And the Jaguars' offense has been hot recently. Tight end Marcedes Lewis has a touchdown reception in four straight games, and quarterback Chad Henne had two touchdown passes in each of those contests.

"They got a little bit more confidence after a couple of wins that they have underneath their belt," Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said. "They still got some personnel that we got to stop. But they're believing in what Gus is preaching to them. He's a good coach, and they're playing better than the first time we played them."

The team's previous meeting came Sept. 29 in Jacksonville, and Indianapolis delivered a dominant 37-3 beating. Since then, the Jaguars have switched from Blaine Gabbert to Henne at quarterback and lost star wide receiver Cecil Shorts to injury.

Jacksonville started five rookies on defense in last week's 20-16 loss against the Tennessee Titans, and none of the four receivers on its active roster caught a pass prior to this season.

The Colts can relate to such personnel hardship. With guard/center Mike McGlynn likely to miss today's game because of an elbow injury, Indianapolis could start its eighth different combination on the offensive line and its sixth new alignment in as many weeks.

Jeff Linkenbach, Joe Reitz and Xavier Nixon are among the candidates to replace McGlynn, with Linkenbach and Reitz just returning from injuries in their own right.

Pagano said such lineup shuffles are simply a fact of life in the NFL.

"Every day you show up is an adventure sometimes," he said.

Defensive end Cory Redding also is doubtful with a shoulder injury and could be replaced by a rotation of Fili Moala, Ricardo Matthews and Jeris Pendleton — a former Jaguar who was elevated from the practice squad this week.

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