Rushing loss puts pressure on Colts return candidates

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Pierre Garcon looked shaky fielding the ball as a punt returner for the Colts Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

That became worse news when T.J. Rushing's knee injury from that game turned out to be a season-ender. Rushing handled the bulk of the return work last year, fielding 19 punts and 31 kickoffs. His punt return average of 13.1 yards would have been fourth in the league had he had one more and qualified for the list.

Against Buffalo, Garcon fielded four punts and took them just 22 yards and took two kickoffs back 46 yards. He had a fumble that he recovered and juggled at least one more.

Courtney Roby and Devin Aromashodu also got some work. Roby had a nice 66-yard kickoff return, but got up gimpy after he was tackled from behind.

Tony Dungy indicated he's got concerns over consistency.

"We wanted to look at our young guys and it was kind of feast or famine," he said. "We did some good things, we didn't handle the ball as cleanly as we would like. That's kind of how we've been this whole preseason. Those guys have some talent. We'll have to continue to work them. They are all pretty good string runners and each one of them has had some good returns, but we've got to make sure we're handling the ball better."

Garcon tried his best to shrug off a shaky night.

"It happens, you get it lost in the lights," he said. "You've got to bounce back and try to get better. Every day you're playing for a job, that's how the NFL is. They said 'You've got to catch it, you've got to catch it.' You can't drop it. There is no excuse for dropping it, you've just got to catch it."