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OTA Update: Vontae Davis, Coby Fleener Return to Practice


According to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, two key Indianapolis Colts players have returned to the team’s OTA’s this week in cornerback Vontae Davis and tight end Coby Fleener today:

January 22, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Team Irvin cornerback Vontae Davis of the Indianapolis Colts (21) during the 2015 Pro Bowl practice at Luke Air Force Base. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Both players were held out last week purely because of precautionary reasons, but it’s encouraging news to seem them both back out on the field practicing this week.

The team is currently undergoing week 6 of their eight-week offseason program and are having OTA practices numbers 4-6 this week, with the final 4 coming next week to complete the team’s 10 total OTA practices.

While Davis and Fleener have safely returned to the fold, Colts fans shouldn’t expect to see the likes of Robert Mathis, Gosder Cherilus, Erik Walden, etc., all of whom are still being held out for their own precautionary reasons and are unlikely to participate at all in the team’s OTA practices.

In other news, it looks as though Colts veteran running back Frank Gore wasn’t out at OTA’s today per the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder. However, it appears to be nothing more than a routine “day-off” for the 32-year old running back:

Such occasional days of rest are generally the norm for veteran players like Gore this time of year, and the team frequently did as much with other veteran players like Reggie Wayne and Dwight Freeney later in their careers as Colts.

He’s likely just getting a breather, and the team doesn’t want to push the veteran running back too hard, too early, when they’re going to need him during the stretch run of the regular season and playoffs. It’ll allow for some of the younger running backs behind him like Dan Herron and Josh Robinson to get some additional reps.

Otherwise, it appears as though all signs point to “good to go” for the Colts, as they’re getting closer to wrapping up their OTA practices.

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