Resting players the final week of the season is still a subject that arouses strong feelings in Indianapolis. For some, the wounds are still fresh from Jim Caldwell's decision to put Peyton Manning and company on the bench during the second half of the 2009 season finale against the New York Jets.
The 2012 Colts don't have an undefeated season on the line like the 2009 team did. In fact, the Colts have nothing to gain at all on Sunday when the Houston Texans come to Lucas Oil Stadium for a rematch. Even so, head coach Chuck Pagano says resting starters just "isn't in our DNA" and plans to play to win this week.
"From day one, we had a week and we set goals for ourselves and just watching what this team has done over the course of the last 12 weeks and the entire season, it’s just not in our DNA, it’s not in our makeup. These kids deserve it, their families deserve it, our fans in this city deserve our best every game regardless of the situation and regardless of the circumstances. They’re going to roll a ball out there and it’s our job to go out there and try to win a football game.”
The Texans, who have home field advantage throughout the playoffs on the line, will most certainly be trying to win. They'll also be trying to break a winless streak in Indianapolis that dates back to the team's inception, something the Texans are keenly aware of.
Pagano said that Delone Carter and Samson Satele would definitely remain out another week with injuries, but that others who have missed the last couple of weeks could return if all goes well the rest of the week. That list includes four defensive starters, S Tom Zbikowski, LB Kavell Conner DL Cory Redding and DL Antonio Johnson. Given the Colts' struggles against the run the past two weeks, including the game at Houston, if those four can go it will give the defense a lift.
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