What coaches Bill Belichick and Jim Caldwell lack in on-screen charisma, they really show their acting chops when submitting a weekly practice report. Of course, the mind games are at a fever pitch when the hottest NFL rivalry of the past 10 years gets renewed on Sunday.
(And a small indulgence here, how is this not a Sunday night tilt?)
The Colts — who have been very liberal with the injury report this week — listed 11 players as questionable this week. Or as NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora notes, only 11 players as questionable. WR Austin Collie (concussion), RBs Joseph Addai (neck) and Mike Hart are no surprise. But WR Reggie Wayne (foot) is listed as questionable, but it is hard to image him sitting this game out. Collie and Wayne did participate in practice on Friday.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that Addai will likely be a game-time decision, but believes there is a good chance that Collie goes. In any event, make sure you have all of the requisite Colts players stashed in reserve, RB Donald Brown and WR Blair White.
For their part, the Patriots listed seven players as questionable, including WR Brandon Tate (illness) and RB Fred Taylor (toe).