NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS
Pagano didn’t have anything to add Monday in regards to the availability of starting left offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo.
Castonzo suffered a left sprained medial collateral ligament in the first quarter of the Colts’ 27-6 pre-season win over Cleveland Saturday night. He did not return. The sprain has been diagnosed as a mild one, which means there’s a chance he might be ready to play against Oakland in two weeks.
“Really, no other changes to this point,” Pagano said.
That includes the decision to start veteran Joe Reitz in Castonzo’s spot this week. Reitz, who has also worked at offensive guard, played most of the first half at tackle in the Cleveland win.
“Obviously feel great about Gos [offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus] on the right and AC [Castonzo] on the left but you’ve got to have a swing tackle,” the coach explained. “Felt like we knew enough about Bradley [Sowell] and the other guys. But [we] wanted to give Joe a shot and see how he’d do out there and to this point, he’s done well.”
Rookie center Khaled Holmes returned to full practice Monday. He had been sidelined since the first week of training camp with a high ankle sprain.
“He practiced [Monday]. We’ll go in and look at the tape and see how he did. But to me, just from a bird’s-eye view standing out there, he did OK,” Pagano said.
“We’ll evaluate what he does [today] and then Wednesday is obviously just a mock game, slowed down pace. If he feels good and the trainers feel good where he’s at, then like Hugh [Thornton] last week, it’d be nice to get him out there and get him a little action.”