The Indianapolis Colts had a special visitor watching practice today at Anderson University: Andrew Luck's father, Oliver, was on hand to get a glimpse at his son's progress as an NFL quarterback. Of course, the Colts are quite used to having a quarterback's father around watching, having spent 14 years with Archie and Peyton Manning.
Oliver himself was a quarterback in the NFL with the Houston Oilers and is currently athletic director at West Virginia University. After practice, Oliver Luck joked with Pat McAfee, a West Virginia alum, about his donation to the university this year.
McAfee was in a different role today as the main place kicker. While not as precise as Adam Vinatieri has been (for which the cameramen on the lifts are thankful) he showed plenty strength in the "boomstick" including nailing a 50 yard field goal as practice ended.
Head coach Chuck Pagano elected to end practice about 15 minutes early today after the team had practiced on consecutive days in excessive heat and humidity. Pagano said he and his staff are aware of the effects of the weather and don't want to push players too hard in the heat.
"We're gonna be smart… If we feel like we got the work in we needed, the we can scale back a little. We've got to be smart about it."
Other notes from today's practice:
Defensive backs coach Roy Anderson left the team today. There was a death in the family and he traveled to be with them. As a result, Pagano spent the day working with the safeties, taking him back to his NFL origins as a secondary coach in Oakland.
New linebackers Moise Fouku and Greg Lloyd joined the team for the afternoon practice. They were held back from this morning's walk through because Kevin Thomas, the player the Colts sent to Philadelphia, hadn't yet passed his Eagles' physical. Once they got word that Thomas had passed his physical and the trade was official, they suited up for practice. Fouku is in his fifth year out of Maryland and led the Eagles in special teams tackles last season. Lloyd played at UConn with current Colts Donald Brown and Scott Lutrus. He spent his rookie season on the Eagles' practice squad.
Cornerback Justin King sat out with what Chuck Pagano termed "a bit of a hip flexor." Pagano said it wasn't a serious injury and that King will be fine.
The play of the day belonged once again to undrafted rookie wide receiver Kris Adams, who is making a name for himself so far with some acrobatic grabs. Adams outleaped two defenders in the corner of the end zone to bring in a touchdown pass from Drew Stanton right after making a nice grab over the middle on a ball thrown behind him.
The Colts will practice again on Saturday from 1:50 to 4:30. Colts City opens at 12:50 for those heading over to Anderson.
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