Pagano pays another visit to Colts

Pagano pays another visit to Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts got an inspirational visit from ailing coach Chuck Pagano on Friday, two days before a game at New England.

Pagano ``broke his team down'' during practice, interim coach Bruce Arians said. ``It was a beautiful moment ... He came and enjoyed a good bunch of sunshine and talked to the guys and it was another beautiful day.''

Dozens of Indianapolis players have shaved their heads in a show of support for Pagano, who is undergoing treatment for a form of leukemia. Orange, a color used to raise awareness of the disease, is everywhere at the Colts' complex and Chuckstrong has become a common catchphrase.

Earlier this month, Pagano's physician said the coach was in ``complete remission,'' but still faced two more rounds of chemotherapy. The Colts hope to have Pagano back on the sideline Dec. 30, Indy's regular season finale against Houston.

``That's the date,'' Arians said Friday. ``The way he's going right now, it's going good.''

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne said the visit from Pagano was welcome.

``It caught everybody by surprise,'' he said. ``That was a great finishing to a great day of practice. Like I said, whenever he is able to address the team, give us a little words of wisdom, it's always a great feeling.''

The Colts (6-3) have been one of the big surprises this season, with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck making the transition with relative ease so far. The team has rallied around Pagano, and Arians was asked if the Colts can get through the season running on emotion.

``No, I don't think emotion but I think they can with purpose, purpose being that they're not going to let each other down for one common goal,'' he said. `` I've seen it so many times where a group of guys band together, and different slogans, `Won't be denied', this or that or whatever, they all come up with something, this is just `1-2-3-Chuck.'''

Arians noted that Pagano passed out links of a chain to every player in the first week of the season and the message has taken hold: ``Don't be the weak link. It's kind of a common thread throughout everything.''

Also Friday, the Colts elevated cornerback Teddy Williams from the practice squad to the active roster, waiving cornerback Marshay Green in favor of a guy who didn't play college football.

Williams was a track and field standout at Texas-San Antonio and an undrafted free agent in 2010. He spent last season on the Cowboys' practice squad before he was waived in August. Williams, who ran the 100 meters in 9.9 seconds in college, was signed to the Colts practice squad on Oct. 30.

Tight end Coby Fleener and cornerback Vontae Davis will not play against the Patriots (6-3) on Sunday.


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3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia


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Playing three games in four days takes a toll on even the fittest athletes, and it was their sluggish start that doomed the Capitals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. 

After being noncomittal about his starting goalie all weekend, Coach Barry Trotz put Philipp Grubauer in net. Grubauer ended up making 29 saves on 34 shots. Offensively, the Caps got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Chandler Stephenson, and John Carlson. Carlson's third period goal cut the Flyers' lead to two with a little over three minutes to go, but a Jakub Voracek empty-netter a few moments later was the nail in the coffin. 

Here are your three stars from the game: 

1. Travis Boyd had the play of the game for the Capitals. Boyd carried the puck into the Flyer's zone, cut through multiple defenders and fired a slick shot to a streaking Ovechkin, who burried the puck in the back of the net. Check it out: 

Not only was the play nice on its own, but it was Boyd's first NHL point. Not a bad way to get it. 

2. Shayne Gostisbehere​ got the Flyers going with his goal in the first period. The defenseman had one goal on five shots along with being an intimidating force in the defensive zone. After going six weeks without scoring, today's goal was Gostisbehere's second goal in three games. 

3. Wayne Simmonds was the best offensive player on the ice on Sunday, scoring twice - both in the final period. It was the 22nd and 23rd goals of the season for the 29-year-old winger. It was also the first multi-goal game for Simmonds since Opening Night, when he had two against San Jose. 

The Caps hit the ice next on Tuesday, when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Capital One Center.