Cliffs Notes For The Colts: Steelers Week

After all was said and done on Tuesday, the Colts traded one Central Indiana native for another.

The team announced that it placed former Warren Central running back Darren Evans on waivers and signed Stevie Brown, a defensive back who played his high school football at Columbus East High School.

Evans was inactive for the Colts first two regular season games, watching both of them from the sidelines. He made the team out of training camp, earning some credit with a strong performance in the final regular season game in which he scored a touchdown.

Brown comes to the Colts from the Panthers, who had him on their roster for three days in September before he was released. The defensive back spent the 2010 season with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him in the seventh round of that year's draft.

Been There, Done That ....

Maybe its just a mechanism of an usually bad start, but Antoine Bethea was able to find a way to crack a smile on a rainy post loss Monday afternoon.

"You had to love the game of football," said the Colts safety when reflecting on some bad starts to the season while at Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia and at Howard University.

Such a topic really hadn't been broached during his six-year career with the Colts, but it was on the top of mind of reporters and fans after the Colts fell to 0-2 on Sunday with a 27-19 loss to Cleveland.

Its the first time since 1998 that the Colts haven't won at least one of their first two games, further strengthening the negative predictions of the team without quarterbackPeyton Manning.

While its not foreign territory to a number of Colts in their football careers, having it happen while wearing the horseshoe on their helmets is something rarely seen.

"Our record's not pretty right now, obviously," acknowledged head coach Jim Caldwell of the start. "It just takes hard work, just grinding away at it."

Red In The Red Zone

Against Houston, the problem was just getting to the red zone. It just didn't happen for the Colts, who were pushed around by a strong Texans defense.

Things were a bit better against the Browns-sort of.

While they were able to establish drives against Cleveland last Sunday, they had trouble finishing drives with touchdowns. Five times the Colts drove inside Browns territory, but were only able to come up with one touchdown, and that came in the final minute when the result was basically in hand.

That redzone score was the only the Colts had in three trips inside the Cleveland 20-yard line, with the other trips resulting in field goals.

"The reality is we have to be consistent," said center Jeff Saturday of the offense finishing drives with touchdowns. "Like I said, you can put your finger on exactly what we didn't get done, you get to the red zone your moving the ball ten-play drives, nine-play drives that's good consistent football.

"When you get it there (the red zone) make something happen with it."

Brackett Update

Linebacker Gary Brackett's status for Sunday's games against the Steelers remains unknown as he tries to heal from a shoulder injury he suffered returning an interception in Week One against the Texans.

While anxious to return-especially after an 0-2 start-Brackett is trying to stay cautious to prevent further injury.

"Its tough, being so active, wanting to get out there thinking that I can make a difference if I was out there. So its tough being on the sidelines, but I know I'm doing everything I can to put myself in a position to get back and we'll see how I progress this week."

Stat of The Week - 29th

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