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August 17, 2013

Colts wrap up work at AU

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Second-year wide receiver T.Y. Hilton — the star of this year’s camp — made three grabs, and tight end Coby Fleener had two catches including Luck’s only touchdown toss.

Safety Delano Howell, who made a name for himself with a solid performance in the preseason loss to Buffalo, intercepted Luck on a fade pattern in the end zone.

It was an otherwise quiet practice as Indianapolis finished up preparations for Sunday’s second preseason outing.

“I thought we made progress, and I thought we got a lot out of this camp,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “Obviously, from Game 1 to Game 2, we are looking forward to playing on a national stage on Sunday night in New York, and we will just see how far we came progress-wise.”

The roster slowly is getting healthier. Two starters — safety LaRon Landry and tight end Dwayne Allen — likely will not play Sunday, and linebacker Pat Angerer and running back Ahmad Bradshaw will wait at least one more week to make their preseason debuts.

But there was encouraging news on the injury front. Allen showed up for the morning practice without the boot he’d been wearing on his right foot since injuring it during the Aug. 6 night practice. Pagano said the second-year tight end is wearing an orthotic in his shoe and will switch back and forth between that and the walking boot.

“He is just day-to-day, and he is trending and progressing in the right direction,” Pagano said. “So hopefully we get him back sooner than later.”

Injuries took their toll throughout camp — especially along the offensive line where rookies Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes worked less than a week each — and the most important goal for the Colts before the Sept. 8 regular season opener against Oakland is getting back to full strength.

Luck said even though the Anderson University portion of preseason practice is ending, his mindset won’t change.

“I still view it as training camp, really,” he said of the team’s upcoming return to its year-round facility in Indianapolis. “Once we start focusing on Oakland, the mental shift might happen there. But until then it’s still training camp, it’s still that focus.”

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