Long snapper Luke Rhodes signs tender, will stay in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts long snapper Luke Rhodes has signed his contract to stay with the team next season.
Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Rhodes was an...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Donte Moncrief can do the math in his head. Yet the newest Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has no plans to fill the void left by Antonio Brown.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard reverted to his old free-agent playbook.
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Green Bay Packers release LB Antonio Morrison
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers released linebacker Antonio Morrison on Friday after one season, freeing some $2 million in salary cap space.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have released tight end Dwayne Allen.
Allen played 29 games for the Patriots over the past two seasons, catching 13 passes for 113 yards and...
Colts sign backup tight end Travis to 1-year extension
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have signed tight end Ross Travis to a one-year contract extension.
Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Colts bring back longtime offensive line coach Mudd to staff
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have rehired Howard Mudd as a senior offensive assistant.
Coach Frank Reich also announced Thursday that Klayton Adams will be Indy's new assistant offensive line coach and Marcus Brady has been promoted from assistant quarterbacks coach to quarterbacks coach.
Colts guard Mark Glowinski signs 3-year extension
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts' offensive line will return intact next season — albeit with a new coach.
Right guard Mark Glowinski signed a three-year contract extension worth $18 million Tuesday, assuring the Colts of having all five starters back. Center Ryan Kelly just finished his third season and is still on his rookie contract.
Vinatieri, 46, signs contract to play another season in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kicker Adam Vinatieri has signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
General manager Chris Ballard announced Friday the two sides had agreed to terms on a new deal.
Vinatieri made it official with his signature Monday, then told reporters he was glad the process went smoothly and ended early.
Colts agree to new deal with NFL’s career scoring leader
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri will still be the NFL's oldest active player next season.
The 46-year-old kicker and the Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a new deal, general manager Chris Ballard announced Friday on 1070 The Fan, the radio station that broadcasts the team's games. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Bears hire Monachino as senior assistant, OLBs coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino as senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach.
Monachino worked for new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis and with him on John Harbaugh's staff in Baltimore. He was a senior defensive analyst for Missouri last season and was hired as Kansas State's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in December.
Indianapolis signs free agent tight end to future contract
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran tight end Gabe Holmes to a reserve-future contract.
Holmes has made four starts and played 10 career games since 2015. All four starts came last season with Arizona.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Holmes also appeared in two games with the Cardinals in 2017 and has been on the practice squads of Arizona, Baltimore, Seattle and Oakland, which signed him as an undrafted rookie in May 2015.
Colts make surprise move by firing offensive line coach
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts announced they have dismissed offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and confirmed assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson has been hired by the Buffalo Bills.
Chiefs activate Duvernay-Tardif ahead of AFC title game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid typically begins his postgame news conferences with a rundown of injuries, ranging from the run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises to the more serious stuff that keeps players out awhile.
After Kansas City routed the Indianapolis Colts last weekend to reach its first AFC title game in 25 years, Reid stepped to the podium and said, well, not much of anything.
"We really didn't get anyone injured," he admitted. "Everyone, knock on wood, came out OK."
Colts plan to build off foundation from historic turnaround
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts kept insisting Andrew Luck would play better after shoulder surgery.
Frank Reich acknowledged some of his best work came in a backup role.
Apparently, It still does.
A healthy Luck and an opportunistic first-year coach led the Colts on a historic midseason turnaround, ending with a playoff run and a glimpse into a potentially promising future.
Dave? Dave? Kansas City man gets tickets for helping Chief
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow.
Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Saturday's playoff. Allen says "a nice guy named Dave," who didn't know he is a Chief, got him back on the road.
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Chiefs gaze ahead to first AFC title game since January 1994
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nobody in the Kansas City Chiefs locker room is more keenly aware of the franchise's heartbreaking playoff history than Xavier Williams, who grew up a short drive away from Arrowhead Stadium.
He was just a toddler when his hometown team lost in the AFC title game in January 1994, the last time they were on the cusp of playing in a Super Bowl. He endured the childhood disappointments, and the playoff losses while he was starring in high school and at Northern Iowa.
Mahomes leads Chiefs to doorstep of playing in Super Bowl
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game was all-but decided, and the Chiefs minutes away from playing in their first AFC title game in 25 years, when they drove to the goal line for a chance to punctuate their long-awaited victory over the Indianapolis Colts with a touchdown.
Patrick Mahomes turned and handed the ball to Darrel Williams, who was stood up right at the goal line. Williams kept churning as the Chiefs began to push him, inch by inch, toward pay dirt.
Chiefs roll past Colts 31-13 to reach AFC title game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs' defense had heard the chorus of critics all season long, the ones that claimed their sieve-like line and shaky backfield would spoil young superstar Patrick Mahomes and cost them a chance to chase their first Super Bowl appearance in decades.
Well, that defense is a big reason why the Chiefs are one step away.
Chill out! Chiefs’ Andy Reid urges KC fans to nix snowballs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid was summoned to the corner of Arrowhead Stadium during Saturday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts to get fans to stop throwing snowballs on the field.
Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator to replace Fangio
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They hope to keep it going with a new coordinator.
The Bears hired former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano to replace Vic Fangio on Friday, hoping he can help them build on what they accomplished this season.
Offensive star power headlines Colts-Chiefs showdown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Ebron has seen the forecast for Saturday's divisional playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, where even the most optimistic of meteorologists are pegging the chances of rain or snow at about 50 percent.
It doesn't bother him. The Colts tight end played in plenty of cold games in the NFC North.
Colts’ defensive turnaround has provided playoff spark
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts' defense was reeling early this season.
After six games, it had allowed an average of 30 points, had given up 37 or more points in three consecutive losses, was languishing near the bottom of the league's overall rankings and showed no sign of a turnaround.
Bieniemy latest Chiefs assistant on path toward top job
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Doug Pederson went through this grind a few years ago, juggling the demands of his primary job as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs with overtures from NFL teams elsewhere.
Matt Nagy went through the same process last winter.
Fast starts helping Colts take control during playoff run
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck has done some of his most memorable work rallying the Indianapolis Colts.
He'd rather spend the time protecting leads.
Lately, the Colts' have allowed Luck to use his preferred strategy by scoring early and often before relying on a balanced attack and an increasingly stout defense to close out victories. It's happened each of the past two weeks in crucial games, putting Indy on the cusp of a historic milestone.
Colts off, running through playoffs with strong ground game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich stuck with his old-school philosophy even when the Indianapolis Colts were losing games in September and early October.
The Indianapolis Colts' first-year coach insisted that even in an increasingly pass-happy league a balanced offense would turn them into real AFC contenders.
Over the past 11 weeks, the perfect one-two combination has landed plenty of scoring punches, propelling the Colts into an improbable divisional-round matchup at AFC West champion Kansas City.
Texans look to bright future with Watson after playoff exit
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's impressive turnaround after a 0-3 start ended in disappointment with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round.
Still, the Texans remain optimistic about their future because they're confident they've finally found their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson after years of misfires at the position.
Colts use balanced attack to down Texans 21-7 in wild card
HOUSTON (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have won all season thanks in large part to big games from quarterback Andrew Luck.
In a 21-7 wild-card game win over the Houston Texans on Saturday they showed that they're pretty good at running the ball, too.
Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and Marlon Mack had a career-high 148 yards rushing and a touchdown on a day the Colts finished with 200 yards rushing.
Texans struggle to protect Watson in 21-7 loss to Colts
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson was sacked more than any other quarterback during the regular season.
Houston's struggles to protect him continued in the wild-card game on Saturday and it contributed to a 21-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Watson, who was sacked 62 times in the regular season, was sacked three times and hit eight more times in a disappointing playoff debut. He finished with 235 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.
Luck has 2 TDs to lead Colts over Texans 21-7 in wild card
HOUSTON (AP) — A year ago at this time Andrew Luck was at home struggling with an injured shoulder that cost him the entire season.
On Saturday he wrote a happy ending to the latest chapter of his comeback season, throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts raced out to a big lead and cruised to a 21-7 win over the Houston Texans in the wild-card game.
Wide receiver Keke Coutee active for Texans against Colts
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston wide receiver Keke Coutee is active for the Texans for Saturday's wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury.
His return is a big boost to a Houston receiving group that has been hit hard by injuries, including season-ending injuries to Will Fuller and Demaryius Thomas.
Texans, Colts meet in playoffs after turning around seasons
HOUSTON (AP) — Saturday's wild-card game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts is a matchup that seemed improbable early this season after Houston dropped its first three games and the Colts limped to a 1-5 start.
Instead of letting their tough starts lead to disappointing years, these teams which both finished 4-12 last season turned things around to lead the AFC South and charge into the postseason.
Colts’ rookie duo makes historic appearance on All-Pro team
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Darius Leonard and Quenton Nelson made a quick impression on their veteran teammates.
The first time the Indianapolis Colts wore pads at training camp, longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo watched Nelson, the new left guard, stop defensive linemen cold on successive plays. Andrew Luck got a glimpse of Leonard's skills when the new linebacker leapt in the air, twisted his body and picked off his pass.
The veterans knew instantly this rookie class would be different.
Ageless Vinatieri begins quest for 5th Super Bowl ring
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri sits at one end of the Indianapolis Colts' locker room, his expanding white beard nearly a perfect match to his helmet and jersey.
He doesn't listen to the hip-hop music in the background, doesn't pretend to understand the shiny, new electronic gadgets everyone else plays with and certainly doesn't pay much attention to the trends outside these walls. Yet in Vinatieri's mind, this is still the perfect spot.
Playoff veterans send simple playoff message to young Colts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three postseason losses taught Anthony Castonzo some valuable lessons about playoff football.
The Indianapolis Colts left tackle hopes his teammates find an easier way to learn.
"Basically, my advice is not to take it any differently," Castonzo said Wednesday as the Colts prepare for Saturday's wild-card game in Houston. "Practice the same way, work the same way, play the same way. You have to not make it more than it is."
Colts center expects to play in postseason opener at Houston
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly expects to play in Saturday's wild-card round game at Houston.
Kelly practiced Wednesday after sitting out Sunday's regular-season finale with a stinger. He also missed three games earlier this season with a sprained medical collateral ligament and now wears a brace to protect his left knee.
With Colts’ playoff drought over, Luck takes center stage
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck spent last January just like the previous two — watching playoff games from afar and hoping for a chance to return.
This weekend he's officially back.
After a coaching change, a major roster overhaul and nearly two years removed from shoulder surgery, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback celebrated New Year's Day by prepping for Saturday's wild-card game in his hometown of Houston.
Texans have history of success in wild-card game
HOUSTON (AP) — Wild-card games have been a good place for the Houston Texans.
The Texans return to the playoffs Saturday for the third time in four years when they host the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game. The Texans have won three of their previous four such games.
Colts earn playoff spot; Luck remains perfect vs. Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have Andrew Luck healthy and throwing the ball all over the field.
That's more than enough with an injured Marcus Mariota stuck watching from the Tennessee sideline.
Luck threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns and the Colts beat the Titans 33-17 on Sunday night for the final spot in the postseason as the AFC's No. 6 seed.
The Latest: Colts lead Titans at the half 17-10
The Latest on Week 17 of the NFL's regular season (all times Eastern):
The Indianapolis Colts lead the Tennessee Titans 17-10 at halftime in the race for the AFC's final playoff spot.
Andrew Luck has thrown for 196 yards and two touchdowns compared to Blaine Gabbert who has 73 yards passing for the Titans. The Colts are outgaining Tennessee 253-97 in total offense.
Mariota out vs. Colts with playoff berth on line for winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is out against the Indianapolis Colts in the final game of the NFL regular season with the final spot in the AFC playoffs going to the winner.
Luck can extend mastery of Titans, put Colts in playoffs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrew Luck is a win away from putting the Indianapolis Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014 while doing something no NFL quarterback has managed since at least 1970.
Marcus Mariota limited in return to practice for Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has returned to practice and hopes to recover from his latest injury in time to start against the Indianapolis Colts.
Colts move back into playoff position by staying course
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When the Indianapolis Colts were struggling in mid-October, coach Frank Reich saw signs of a turnaround brewing.
He urged players and coaches to stay the course, asked fans to believe in the plan and pleaded for patience as the young Colts got acclimated to a new system, a new staff and a new mindset.
Two months later, Reich's message remains essentially unchanged — even with the Colts on the precipice of making their first playoff appearance in four years.
Luck keeps Colts in playoff hunt with 28-27 win over Giants
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck took one peek at the New York Giants' defense and changed the call.
Instead of trying to force the late run coach Frank Reich wanted, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback asked T.Y. Hilton to go up the field with the defenders and Chester Rogers to slide underneath into the flat. It worked brilliantly.
Giants watch victory slip away with costly rash of mistakes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur watched his team go toe to toe with a playoff contender Sunday.
Then, in the final 10 minutes, everything started slipping away.
Colts keeping focus on Giants as playoffs come into view
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck has a one-track mind.
With two regular-season games left, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback insists he's paying no attention to playoff possibilities, scoreboards or other teams' schedules. Instead, he's focused on the only thing he considers important this weekend — beating the New York Giants on Sunday.
Leonard to use Pro Bowl snub as motivation against Giants
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard was disappointed when his name didn't appear on the AFC's Pro Bowl roster Tuesday night.
Now the league's leading tackler intends to make all future opponents pay for the perceived snub.
"He told me he'd have 40 tackles this week, and I told him that's humanly impossible," tight end Eric Ebron said Wednesday.
But if the Colts (8-6) have learned anything about their star rookie, it's not to discount anything he says.