Three things to ponder as the Colts take on the Redskins in Washington this afternoon:
The quarterbacks: Despite the T-shirts billing this as a big deal mano-a-mano matchup, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III know they won’t be on the field at the same time and are irrelevant to each other in terms of making progress as they draw near their first regular-season games. Luck lit it up in the first game against St. Louis and bounced back from mistakes in his second game against Pittsburgh. The Colts will hope to build on those two efforts in this one and get out of it healthy, so Luck can have a pleasant handshake and conversation with Griffin on the field for photographers and camera men after it’s over.
Pierre Garcon: The Colts watched the super-speedy receiver bolt to the Redskins for a giant free-agent deal -- five years and $42.5 million with $20.5 million guaranteed. He has five preseason catches for 71 yards so far and would surely love to post a big play or two against the Colts. If he lines up across from Jerraud Powers, it’ll be a familiar defender. But any of the other corners playing high in the rotation are new to Indy and will be new to Garcon. We won’t get anything close to a final verdict here, but I think even with a key receiver injured, the Colts don’t have regrets about allowing Garcon to move on.
Donnie Avery: Austin Collie’s out with a concussion and we don’t know when he will return, though his father has said his intention is to return. Avery missed the first two games with a hip injury he suffered while landing on a diving practice catch in the end zone early in camp. He’s a more important guy for the team now with Collie’s timetable uncertain. Rookies T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill have made encouraging progress, but they’re still learning and will be for some time. Avery’s been around and has a far better idea of what to expect. A few connections today with Luck would be a good thing for the offense.