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Chris Rainey - RB Posted 7/28/14 10:50am et
Updating an earlier report, the Indianapolis Colts released RB Chris Rainey for a violation of team rules.
Huddle Up: With Vick Ballard out there was an opportunity for Rainey to carve out a roster spot behind (or alongside) Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. Instead, he's looking for work.

Trent Richardson - RB Posted 7/27/14 2:28pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson has not been participating in training-camp practices because of a soft-tissue issue, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano said the team is being careful with Richardson and want him to be 100 percent before he returns to the field.
Huddle Up: With fellow RB Vick Ballard's season already over before it got started, the Colts are counting on a bounce-back season from Richardson more than ever and certainly aren't going to take the chance of aggravating a minor issue in the opening week of camp.

Vick Ballard - RB Posted 7/26/14 1:00pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during practice Friday, July 25.
Huddle Up: Ballard can't seem to catch a break. He tore his ACL in the first game last season and now will likely miss all of 2014 with the Achilles' tendon injury. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw remain in the Colts' backfield committee.

Reggie Wayne - WR Posted 7/23/14 2:25pm et
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) said he has been medically cleared to practice. He's expected to be limited, though, especially in the near future.
Huddle Up: No reason to rush Reggie, as he's well versed in the Indy offense. But the good news is that he appears to be all the way back from last season's injury so fantasy owners can feel comfortable drafting him.

Vick Ballard - RB Posted 7/23/14 2:25pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) reported to camp and has passed his physical.
Huddle Up: Ballard was a solid option for the Colts prior to his knee injury; now he'll have to battle Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw for looks in Indy's suddenly crowded backfield.

Reggie Wayne - WR Posted 7/18/14 5:16pm et
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) can still play, get open and make a catch, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano said it will be great to have Wayne back (from injury) not only because of his on-field ability but because of the leadership he brings to the locker room.
Huddle Up: Wayne may not be done yet, but at this point in his career he's WR2 to TY Hilton and will be competing with Hakeem Nicks for looks. There's still some fantasy value here, just not the top-10 WR value Wayne has had in the past.

Trent Richardson - RB Posted 7/13/14 10:39pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson will need to produce right away in the running game if he wants to keep the starting job, because the team will not wait for him to turn things around if RB Ahmad Bradshaw or Vick Ballard are playing well.
Huddle Up: Uh, yeah, there's zero chance a contender such as the Colts will keep giving Richardson start after start if he's averaging anywhere close to the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged a season ago.

LaVon Brazill - WR Posted 7/11/14 5:24pm et
The Indianapolis Colts have waived WR LaVon Brazill, who was recently suspended at least one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Huddle Up: Brazill had a shot to be a depth receiver for Indy, but his off-the-field issues sealed his fate.

Trent Richardson - RB Posted 7/11/14 5:24pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson has greatly benefitted from extra time spent in the classroom, according to offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Hamilton said Richardson will be better this season after facing a tough situation following his trade to Indianapolis.
Huddle Up: Everyone in Indy continues to bend over backwards with optimism regarding Richardson, and maybe things will work out for the former first-round pick this season. Fantasy owners are most definitely viewing him with a 40-pound sack of salt, however.

Dwayne Allen - TE Posted 7/10/14 2:15pm et
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen's return will allow the offense be more "creative" this upcoming season, according to tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. 'It makes us a better football team,' Roberts said. 'Getting him back is like getting a brand new player. (Allen) gives you a chance to do some other things. His skillset allows us to protect it up, or throw it or run it when we see the advantage. He gives us an advantage because he can do some things in the backfield, do some things in-line where [TE Coby Fleener] we feel like has blossomed as an outside guy. It gives you a little more of a chance to be creative.'
Huddle Up: Allen was Andrew Luck's fourth-most productive target as a rookie in 2012, catching 45 passes for 521 yards and 3 TDs, and he returns as a sleeper TE, while dropping Fleener down a fantasy peg or two.

LaVon Brazill - WR Posted 7/4/14 12:51am et
Indianapolis Colts WR LaVon Brazill has been suspended for at least one year without pay by the NFL for violating the policy and program for substances of abuse.
Huddle Up: This news doesn't really have a fantasy impact as Brazill caught only 12 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs in 10 games a year ago, but it will open up a spot on Indy's WR depth chart for the likes of Da'Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen or the like.

Trent Richardson - RB Posted 6/25/14 3:14pm et
The Indianapolis Colts say RB Trent Richardson is relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking. They believe he can be a three-down back.
Huddle Up: Indy still has to say that, seeing as they gave away a first-round pick to acquire Richardson. We'll see how he holds up through camp in competition with a healthy Ahmad Bradshaw and a healthy Vick Ballard, though at this point he still has to be considered the favorite for carries in the Colts' backfield.

Adam Vinatieri - PK Posted 6/24/14 4:14pm et
Indianapolis Colts P Patrick McAfee hit several kicks from 60 yards out in offseason workouts, and he has expressed an interest in trying out placekicking duties from time to time. The idea is not likely to occur, however, as long as PK Adam Vinatieri is healthy.
Huddle Up: We've seen an explosion of RBBCs, and now all fantasy needs are some KBCs.

Reggie Wayne - WR Posted 6/17/14 7:37pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he would be shocked if WR Reggie Wayne (knee) is not ready to go by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Even though the veteran wideout will turn 36 this November, this is nothing but great news for the Colts and Andrew Luck's fantasy owners,

Ahmad Bradshaw - RB Posted 6/16/14 10:39pm et
Indianapolis Colts RBs Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw wore red non-contact jerseys during organized team activities as they compete for the team's starting running back role. That battle is expected to intensify during training camp, but both will see playing time, no matter who is the official starter. Head coach Chuck Pagano has stated he wants a workhorse running back, however.
Huddle Up: The Colts under Pep Hamilton have run the ball plenty, so there should be enough carries to make both Richardson and Bradshaw viable fantasy options. And it would be easy to champion either as a quality handcuff: Bradshaw because Richardson has been a bust thus far, Richardson because Bradshaw can't stay healthy. Whether either can be trusted as a consistent fantasy starter, however, is another matter entirely.

T.Y. Hilton - WR Posted 6/11/14 11:51pm et
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (leg) fell to the ground and was clutching his right leg during workouts Wednesday, June 11, but he stretched out and eventually returned to practice. He said he was fine.
Huddle Up: Maybe Hilton was "LeBron-ing"? Either way, the Colts don't need another top receiver to go down as Reggie Wayne works his way back from the injury that prematurely ended his 2013. Sounds like Hilton is fine, so no worries in Indy.

Trent Richardson - RB Posted 6/2/14 11:58pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said he's feeling more fluid at organized team activities. He added that timing has helped him better understand how the offense works.
Huddle Up: You may recall that not understanding the offense was one of Richardson's rationales for his struggles last year. So at least he's getting the offense now, which should help.

LaVon Brazill - WR Posted 6/1/14 11:39pm et
Indianapolis Colts WRs LaVon Brazill, Da'Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen may compete for one roster spot during training camp. It appears WRs Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief are locks to make the roster.
Huddle Up: Whoever wins the job, it doesn't figure to matter fantasy-wise as Brazill, Rogers and Whalen combined for 50 receptions last season -- and that was without Nicks and without Wayne most of the season.

Robert Mathis - LB Posted 5/16/14 6:04pm et
Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for using a banned substance. Mathis claims to have taken fertility medication, which his doctor informed him would not violate the NFL's substance abuse policy. Mathis appealed his four-game suspension based on his unique circumstances, but his request was refused.
Huddle Up: The veteran Mathis can still get after the passer; his loss will be felt by the Colts. Last year's first-round pick, Bjoern Werner, will be Mathis' likely replacement in the lineup for the first month of the season.

Vick Ballard - RB Posted 5/6/14 12:57am et
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) recently said he wants to be the team's H-back.
Huddle Up: So long as Ballard qualifies as a tight end in your fantasy league's scoring system, it's a move we can get behind. Anybody have old footage of Rod Bernstine?

Trent Richardson - RB Posted 4/24/14 7:32pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said after reviewing tape of the 2013 season he thinks he was trying to do too much. 'It's human. But you can't hit the home run. You have to set up your runs,' Richardson said. 'That's one thing, (because of) not having as much success as I've always had, you catch yourself saying, 'I gotta score, I gotta score.' '
Huddle Up: In any case, Richardson is sure to be available at a bargain price in fantasy drafts this summer, and could surprise if he's truly figured things out.

Ahmad Bradshaw - RB Posted 4/24/14 7:40pm et
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) said he is feeling great six months after having surgery for a neck issue. 'I'm six months after surgery. I feel great,' Bradshaw said. 'Getting stronger. I'm just glad to be back here and be a part of this team.'
Huddle Up: Bradshaw, who was limited to 3 games and 186 rushing yards this past season, is set to return for a second season in Indy, but regular touches could be hard to come by with Trent Richardson still atop the depth chart and Vick Ballard returning from injury.

Matt Hasselbeck - QB Posted 4/19/14 10:37pm et
Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck plans to retire after the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: Hass had a nice little run as an NFL starter, but at this juncture he's nothing more than a sage backup and veteran clipboard holder.

Trent Richardson - RB Posted 4/19/14 10:37pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said it will be important for RB Trent Richardson to participate in all of the offseason workouts so he can get more comfortable with the offense. 'He wants to be great. He's got all the talent. He's got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn't believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign,' Pagano said.
Huddle Up: Nice, subtle way for Pagano to emphasize to Richardson that Indy gave up a first-round pick for him and he needs to deliver on that potential. Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard are around to swipe carries if Richardson doesn't live up to those expectations.

Reggie Wayne - WR Posted 4/8/14 11:25pm et
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) is expected to be cleared for football activities April 25 after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Week 7 last season. 'I feel good, I'm ahead of schedule,' Wayne said. 'I'm at the point where I'm tired of doing the same rehab stuff, to be honest with you. I'm excited to get back to football activities. I feel good.' Wayne wants to participate in the team's minicamp, but he'll be held out as a precaution.
Huddle Up: With Wayne turning 36 this November and coming off the injury, his 100-catch seasons figure to be behind him, but barring any offseason setbacks, there's no reason he can't re-assume his role as Andrew Luck's No. 1 target -- even with the recent addition of Hakeem Nicks and the continued development of young wideout T.Y. Hilton.

Darrius Heyward-Bey - WR Posted 4/2/14 5:45pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Colts) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Steelers add another speed receiver to their mix. DHB's primary competition will be second-year wideout Markus Wheaton, though Heyward-Bey's inconsistent hands have him as the lower seed in that battle.

Donald Brown - RB Posted 3/12/14 12:44am et
The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent RB Donald Brown (Colts) to a three-year, $10 million deal Tuesday, March 11.
Huddle Up: Curious move -- especially from a fantasy perspective -- as S.D. now will have a 3-man RBBC with Brown and holdovers Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

Adam Vinatieri - PK Posted 3/9/14 11:05pm et
The Indianapolis Colts have been talking with free-agent PK Adam Vinatieri (Colts) about a new contract, but he is expected to test the free-agent market.
Huddle Up: Vinatieri will turn 42 in December, but he's still getting it done as evidenced by his 8th-place finish (139 Huddle Performance points) among all fantasy kickers this past season.

Vick Ballard - RB Posted 2/22/14 8:54pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Vick Ballard (knee) is making progress in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and should be ready to participate no later than training camp.
Huddle Up: The Colts are apparently banking on Ballard being a part of their backfield picture, along with Trent Richardson. Tough to trust him fantasy-wise if we aren't able to see him on the field, so a training camp--or earlier--return would be welcome news.

Reggie Wayne - WR Posted 2/22/14 8:54pm et
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said WR Reggie Wayne (knee) is making progress in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and should be ready to participate no later than training camp.
Huddle Up: There was some debate as to whether or not the veteran would return following his torn ACL, but indications are he'll work his way back. His injury may speed up the baton-passing process, however, as TY Hilton looked like the Colts' WR1 down the stretch.

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