Two Defensive Stars Are Back

It’s been a while since Dwight Freeney’s been on the field, but he’s making his return on Sunday along with Bob Sanders.

Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders both have practiced for a while now, but this will be their first contact since November for Freeney and January for Sanders.  As if the game on Sunday couldn’t get any bigger.  It’s the Colts’ first game at Lucas Oil Stadium, and now it is the return of our two best defensive players.

The question is: Will the media still think that we have a bunch of injuries, because now Peyton Manning is the only notable player to not have played in a preseason game.  Marvin is fine, and now it looks like Freeney and Sanders are at 100%.  So will the “experts” cross injury concern off of the questions list for this team, or would that be too logical for them?

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  • Doctor in the house

    First series on Sunday – Peyton under center for 1 play.  Am I crazy?  Read on…First, let me set this up for you, and I want you to think “throwing out the 1st pitch”…

    It’s Pre-Season.  It’s a brand new multi-million dollar stadium.  Go ahead, clear it with the Bills, but this is the script for how to open the Lucas Oil Stadium at the start of the game.

    The crowd is rabid.  Colts get the ball for their very 1st. possession in the brand new.  Sorgi and friends line up, and just as Sorgi gets under center, he calls timeout.  The crowd groans.  TIME OUT ON THE VERY FIRST PLAY??  Sorgi runs to the sidelines, and almost unoticed, Peyton comes walking out of the tunnel, walks directly downfield to the ball.  Now the crowd is so loud it just might break the glass in the stadium.  Even the Bill’s players are smiling and marveling at the reaction.

    Peyton does not huddle.  The team gets on the line, and Peyton, in shotgun. takes the snap.  Using only his arm, he throws a 3 – 5 yrd. out play (which the Bills have already guaranteed that the receiver will be allowed to catch the ball) for a completion.  The crowd goes nuts again. 

    Peyton, taking off his helmet, walks to the sideline smiling and waving as Sorgi runs back out onto the field.

    First pass at Lucas Oil Stadium*:  Peyton Manning
    First receiver of Peyton’s pass*:  ‘fill in the blank’
    Peyton stats*:  1 completion for 5 yards, no interceptions, and no touchdowns.
    Cost?  PRICELESS

    Peyton, Dungy, the GM, Owner, and yadda have earned the respect of the NFL to perform this scripted first offensive play by the Colts.  Next time Peyton takes the field, it will be for real, so let’s not waste this opportunity.

    Besides, I’ll be there with my 9 and 11 yr. old sons, but only after we locate our Walk Of Fame brick…