By George Bremer The Herald Bulletin
Greensburg Daily News
---- — INDIANAPOLIS — LaRon Landry breezed through the Indianapolis Colts locker room Wednesday, declining to speak with reporters.
The veteran safety was missing from the practice field for the second consecutive day, but general manager Ryan Grigson said there’s no need to worry.
“He’s out there in parts unknown working out,” Grigson said of Landry’s career-long habit of skipping voluntary offseason workouts in favor of his personal regime. “We trust him in the fact that we know he’s going to go harder than anyone. At the same time, you’d rather have a guy that you have to throttle down than ratchet up. He’s got things that have flared up, and we’re just making sure he’s OK.”
Landry missed four games because of injury during a disappointing debut season in Indianapolis last year. He still recorded 87 tackles but failed to be involved in a turnover — by either intercepting a pass or forcing a fumble — for the first time since his rookie season of 2007.
He’ll have a new partner in the defensive secondary this year after Antoine Bethea signed as a free agent with San Francisco. Delano Howell, Sergio Brown, Colt Anderson and Mike Adams are among the players vying for that role. But they’ll have to wait until training camp to see how they mesh with the incumbent.
Landry was not cleared for minicamp after taking a routine physical Monday. The Colts have declined to speak about Landry’s injury in specific terms. Grigson allowed only that it’s a “soft tissue” injury and it affects the lower body.
“He wants nothing more than to get out there with his brothers and show what he can do,” Grigson said. “He has a presence about him, and he knows we expect great things out of him this year. We got to get him back out on the field as quick as possible, but we also don’t want to set him back any further as well. He’ll be fine.”
SPEAKING OF SAFETIES
Anderson had a second straight impressive day working with the first team. He just missed recording his second interception in as many days and knocked a sure touchdown out of wide receiver TY Hilton’s hands in the endzone after a perfect throw by Andrew Luck.
The fifth-year veteran still is likely to make his biggest impact as a special teams ace, but he’s glad to get the increased reps that come to the starters.
“Reps are crucial, and especially in this business,” Anderson said. “Our time’s limited on the field, and whenever you can be on the field and get reps, that’s a big deal.”
Undrafted out of Montana in 2010, Anderson carved a niche for himself on special teams in four seasons with Philadelphia. He appeared in 48 games for the Eagles with six starts, recording one interception and forcing two fumbles.
He’s found Indianapolis to be a welcoming new home, and he’s in tune with the franchise’s high expectations.
“They’re definitely not satisfied until we make the Super Bowl, and I love that,” he said. “That’s how I feel it’s gotta be.”
ODDS AND ENDS
Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne still hasn’t been cleared to practice with his teammates, but he was seen running sprints on an adjacent field during Wednesday’s practice. Wayne is expected to give an update on his status during the final day of minicamp Thursday.
The Colts cleared a roster spot in the afternoon by announcing the release of outside linebacker Justin Hickman. He appeared in 12 games for Indianapolis in 2012, playing mainly special teams and recording 12 tackles.
Hickman spent the entire 2013 season with the Colts on injured reserve.