Aaron Donald’s absence hasn’t been all bad for some Rams

While Ballard avoided setting a timetable for Luck’s return to the lineup, it seems likely Indy’s franchise quarterback could return sooner than the six to eight weeks he would have missed had the Colts opened a roster spot by keeping him on the PUP list.

“I’ll say this, no setbacks”. “You can’t get anxious, man, because we have a game, so you can’t let it become a distraction. You look to apply some of the things that you learned from year to year and be receptive from the coaching here and just continue to get better each day”.

Now that most of the job of crafting the roster is finished, the 2017 Colts are virtually unrecognizable, and that’s necessarily a bad thing.

He’s smart, he understands the system, he’s got arm talent, he’s tough, he’s gritty, he’s a competitor”, Pagano said Monday.

The immedate buzz and hope surrounding the team might be low right now, but there is optimism with the Colts’ housecleaning efforts that this is the steady and prudent approach to building the best team possible over the coming months and – let’s face it – years.

“You’re closer to the ball so that helps out a hell of a lot”, he said. If he’s healthy, the Colts will be contenders in the wide-open AFC South.

Luck. When will he come back? Believe me, if I knew the answer to that question, I’d be shouting it from the rooftops. We don’t know. Now stop asking.

The Rams do not practice on Tuesday, so the fact that Donald was absent from the first practice of the week means that it’s unlikely that he’ll be caught up enough to play on Sunday. Wade Phillips’ introduction to the team this offseason had the opportunity to really make Donald a star in a top level defense, rather than a standout in an average one. It’ll be a little bit of a process to get him to that. You’ve got rookies Malik Hooker (safety) and Quincy Wilson (corner), who have dealt with injuries this preseason and are going to get a baptism by fire Sunday. Even one game earlier is worth it.

Asked if he considered himself a good fit for the Colts’ scheme, the quarterback had fun with his answer. “(They) need to be with their teammates. Oh, yeah, they’ll hear about it.

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