ANDERSON, Ind. -- A daily review of hot topics coming out of Indianapolis Colts training camp:
Colts coach Chuck Pagano had former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly in front of him Monday. Pagano wore a t-shirt that had "Kelly Tough" on the front along with the No. 12, the number Kelly wore during his Hall-of-Fame career. Kelly is fighting cancer for the second time. Pagano knows all too well about battling cancer. He missed most of the 2012 season while dealing with leukemia. "Jim, as you know is going through some tough times," Pagano said. "Just to be able to support Jim and his family and circumstances and adversity that he's been through, not only battling cancer right now and fighting that, but everything he's been through. He's one tough cookie. We think of Jim all the time and he's always in our thoughts and prayers. I know he's got the right mindset and will power to get through this thing."
The Colts had more than a handful of players sit out of practice. Some of it was because of scheduled rest, some because they're dealing with injuries. Linebacker Jerrell Freeman missed practice for the second time in three days because of a sore thumb. Rookie guard Jack Mewhort was held out. He was taken out of practice early Sunday and had his left knee, which he had surgery on during the offseason, wrapped up. Pagano hopes to have Mewhort back at practice Wednesday. Safety Delano Howell is dealing with soreness in his neck. Receiver Nu'Keese Richardson suffered a concussion and is going through the league's protocol. Veterans LaRon Landry, Cory Redding, Robert Mathis, Gosder Cherilus and Reggie Wayne didn't practice as part of the two days on, one day off routine Pagano is using with them.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw said not too much should be read into why he's wearing a red non-contact jersey in practice the past three days. Bradshaw's 2013 season was cut short in Week 3 because of neck injury that required surgery to repair. "There are not a lot of guys who have been through neck surgeries and a year later they're playing football again, especially in my position," he said. "Right now as we speak, I'm confident. I don't think about my neck at all." Bradshaw plans to play in the preseason at some point. It'll likely be this weekend against the New York Giants or the Aug. 23 game against the New Orleans Saints. "That's the plan," he said. "I've played long enough to understand the game, getting out there and playing in game-time speed."
The Colts cut practice short Monday because of thunderstorms in the area. They'll have a walk-through practice that's closed to the public from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. and an afternoon practice that is open to the public from 1:50 to 4:25 p.m. Tuesday.