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September 19, 2013

COLTS NOTEBOOK: Colts string of bad luck continues with Allen’s shutdown




As tough it will be to move on from their recent spate of  major injuries, the Colts concentration now is on facing what is expected to be a surly San Francisco team this week. The 49ers are coming off a 29-3 loss to NFC West rival Seattle.

“Guys are excited to get back out on the football field [after Indianapolis’ 24-20 home loss to Oakland] and get ready. We know that we have a great challenge ahead of us. First road game, hostile environment, you can go on and on and on,” Pagano voiced.

“But we’re worrying about us. Fixing the things that we need to fix and prepare the best we can. Go execute and stick to the process.”

That’s the key, the Colts coach stressed.

“Just focus on us. Need to be more consistent. Play 60 minutes of consistent football. Don’t leave plays out there. Don’t leave points out there on the field. Take care of us. We know what we’re about to face. We’re playing a really good football team,” Pagano said.

“They’re well-coached. They’ve got great players all over the place. So it’s more about us. It’s more about our preparation, it’s more about our focus. Knowing exactly what to do so we can go out there and play fast.”


There will be plenty of familiar faces on both sidelines Sunday when the Colts arrive at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh played quarterback for the Colts from 1994-97 and is in the team's Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium.

He also was the head coach at Stanford who recruited current Indianapolis players Andrew Luck, Delano Howell and Fleener. Luck, Howell, Fleener and wide receiver Griff Whalen (who had been a walk-on) all played for Harbaugh in college.

San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio served in the same capacity with the Colts (1999-01) and at Stanford. Indianapolis cornerback Vontae Davis is the younger brother of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton served on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Stanford. He served as wide receivers coach on Harbaugh’s Stanford 2010 team. Hamilton also served as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach in San Francisco during the 2006 season.

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Indianapolis defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the San Francisco defensive coordinator from 2007 to 2010. Colts defensive line coach Gary Emanuel was the 49ers defensive line coach from 2005-06.

Defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois played for the 49ers from 2009 to 2012. Outside linebacker Cam Johnson played for San Francisco last season.


Sitting out practice Wednesday, besides Allen, were inside linebacker Pat Angerer (knee), safety Antoine Bethea (toe) and safety LaRon Landry (ankle).

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (groin) and wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (quad) both saw limited work. Inside linebacker Kavell Conner (ankle), wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (ribs), center Samson Satele (elbow) and wide receiver Reggie Wayne (shoulder) all had full practice.

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