--Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was asked this week about how injuries have affected the progress of the team this season, particularly in recent games. There are 13 Indianapolis players currently on injured reserve and there has been 22 players on injured reserve since the start of training camp.
"We need a third down option, that go-to guy, and I hope they're emerging now. But it seems like at every point in the season we've had a key piece ripped from us to where we've had to redefine ourselves. But we'll keep grinding, keep moving the chess pieces."
--The Indianapolis secondary has struggled over the past month, giving up big pass plays to opponents.
"Got to make plays. We got to make plays on the back end,"Colts safety Antoine Bethea said. "Of course, there's going to be some times when the other team makes plays. They get paid as well. But we got to make plays. One thing we always harp in is not letting the ball over our head. You just have to stop those plays."
--Former Colts running backs Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk will both be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor in pre-game ceremonies Sunday. Dickerson played for Indianapolis from 1987-91, rushing for 5,194 yards. Faulk was a first-round draft pick by the Colts in 1994. He played with the Colts from 1994-98 and had 5,320 career rushing yards with the team.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6 -- The Colts have gone six games since scoring a first-half touchdown. Indianapolis' last first-half touchdown came in the team's Oct. 20 home-field win over Denver.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've got to play better. We got to play. Again, there's 16 games on that schedule. It's no different than a year ago after we clinched a playoff berth by beating Kansas City. We had one game to go. It was my first game back. We talked (this week) and said, 'They gave us 16 games, we're playing 16 games.' Right now, we've got a lot of things to get better at. This is stick to the process, next game, and that's all we're worried about. That's where out total focus is right now, (it's) on the Texans." Colts head coach Chuck Pagano on looking at the 'big picture' heading into the final three games of the regular season.
NFL Team Report - Indianapolis Colts - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
WR Da'Rick Rogers continues to draw interest from the media and fans. Rogers, a rookie free agent, had a breakout game against Cincinnati last week with six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. His abilities as a receiver aren't a surprise. He has outstanding size (6-3, 215) and speed. But Rogers had off-field issues while in college and was not drafted despite leading the SEC in receiving two years ago at Tennessee. How well he handles his most recent success remains to be seen.
--G Joe Reitz played well as a starter at right guard against Cincinnati last week. Reitz has played both guard and tackle. He may get his second straight start Sunday against Houston.
--G Mike McGlynn has experience as both a guard and center for the Colts. McGlynn has filled in at center for Samson Satele when Satele has been injured. He has been a starter at left guard most of this season.
--CB Cassius Vaughn handled kickoffs last week after RB Chris Rainey was injured and is expected to handle those chores for the remainder of this season. Vaughn also returned kicks for the Colts last year. He has also excelled as one of Indianapolis' nickel corners, leading the team with three interceptions.
--RB Tashard Choice is expected to get a look in practice this week on special teams. Choice will be the third running back for Sunday's home game with Houston but it hasn't been decided if he will be active. The former Georgia Tech standout may also get some work on offense, but his workload - if any - will largely depend on how quickly he can pick up the Colts' playbook.
--NT Aubrayo Franklin (rest) did not practice on Thursday. Franklin is expected to start Sunday against Houston.
--CB Greg Toler (groin) did not practice Thursday. Toler saw limited work on Wednesday. His status for the Texans game won't be determined until after Friday's workout.