Each week we will be taking a look at former Colts players and coaches who will be suiting up for the opponent, and there are plenty of connections to be made in this week’s matchup.
Head Coach Bruce Arians
Chuck Pagano was forced to leave the team to undergo cancer treatment during the 2012 season. Bruce Arians stepped in as the interim coach, and did a wonderful job leading the Colts to a 9-3 record during Pagano‘s time away from the team.
Arians wasn’t officially credited with any wins during his time as interim coach, but the Cardinals took notice and hired him as their head coach after leading the Colts to the playoffs in Andrew Luck‘s rookie season.
Safety Antoine Bethea
Antoine Bethea played in Indianapolis for eight seasons, and was a rookie on the Colts’ Super Bowl Champion team in 2006.
He racked up 569 tackles with 14 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries during his time with Colts, and was a key piece of some solid defenses that were instrumental to their success during the Peyton Manning era.
Center A.Q. Shipley
A.Q. Shipley was in the league for three years before the Colts gave him his first opportunity to play in 2012. Shipley spent the 2012 and 2014 seasons in Indianapolis making 10 starts along the Colts’ offensive line.
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Linebacker Philip Weeler
Philip Wheeler was the Colts’ third round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, and played his first four seasons in Indianapolis. He made 112 tackles in 61 games for the Colts.
Running Back Kerwynn Williams
The Colts drafted Kerwynn Williams in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, but he only played one game with the Colts before they moved on from him midway through his rookie season. Williams may be the Cardinals’ starting running back this weekend filling in for an injured David Johnson.