Delone Carter recently underwent shoulder surgery.
Carter tumbled down the depth chart last season, getting just 32 carries in 10 games before an ankle injury landed him on the inactive list. The extent of this surgery is unclear, but he won't have a good shot at carries this year either. Both Vick Ballard and Donald Brown are back.
Colts ILB Pat Angerer (foot) is not participating in this week's OTAs.
Angerer broke his foot during the preseason last year and missed the first five games. He was a shell of himself upon his return, managing just 28 tackles in 11 appearances. If healthy, Angerer projects as quality depth behind Jerrell Freeman and Kavell Conner. He had 148 tackles in 2011.
Colts NT Josh Chapman has been deemed "completely healthy" after missing his rookie year with a torn left ACL and meniscus.
"I'm full go. I'm 100 percent," said Chapman, referring to his status for OTAs. "I'll be right out there with them." Chapman wound up a "redshirt" player in 2012. He'll enter 2013 with a good chance to start at nose tackle in Chuck Pagano's 3-4 defense, upgrading on Antonio Johnson. Chapman was arguably the premier pure run stopper in college football two seasons ago. He's already been nicknamed "Thug in the Trenches, TNT" by veteran Robert Mathis.
Coach Chuck Pagano said to expect more three- and five-step drops from Andrew Luck this season.
Under Bruce Arians, Luck took mostly seven-step drops. He rarely dumped off passes to running backs and always looked to aggressively push the ball vertically. Now that Arians is out and Pep Hamilton is in, a true West Coast scheme is being installed. "We want to be efficient. The biggest difference might be a little bit more quick-game, if you will. Get the ball out of Andrew's hands," Pagano said. "Get it into our playmakers' hands. A little bit more catch-and-run type of things." Luck is at the back end of the QB1 rankings in fantasy circles.
Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Vick Ballard is "sitting there as the lead guy" in his backfield.
Pagano was quick to add that Donald Brown "looks fantastic" and is a "home run hitter." But for now, the Colts are planning on rolling with Ballard as their feature back and Brown as the change-of-pace option. Both figure to see a bigger role in the passing game as the vertical-minded Bruce Arians is out and the West Coast scheme of Pep Hamilton is in.
The Colts are working third-round pick Hugh Thornton at right guard in rookie minicamp and will "let him develop" there.
If Thornton sticks at right guard for the rest of the summer, he has a very strong chance of beating out veteran Mike McGlynn. McGlynn started 15 games last season, and graded out as Pro Football Focus' worst-rated guard. McGlynn is best suited for a backup role. It sounds like Donald Thomas will play left guard.
Colts first-round pick Bjoern Werner worked primarily as a stand-up outside linebacker in rookie minicamp practice.
Werner had his hand on the ground at various points during practice, but he's expected to make a strong push for a starting role at outside linebacker as the long-term replacement for Dwight Freeney. "He's really an athletic football player. He can bend. He's got first-step explosion," said head coach Chuck Pagano. Werner's IDP value is limited with a linebacker designation.