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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
DATE: Thursday, 08/20/09
PLACE: Lucas Oil Stadium
KICKOFF; 8 pm EDT

PRESS RELEASE: The Indianapolis Colts, 0-1, close the home portion of the 2009 preseason schedule on Thursday, August 20, by hosting the Philadelphia Eagles, 0-1. Kickoff in Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis for the contest telecast nationally by FOX Sports is 8:00 p.m. (EDT).

The Colts opened their era under new Head Coach Jim Caldwell last Friday with a 13-3 home loss to Minnesota. The club employed its starting units for one series, while using 61 players. Nine starters sat out of the contest… Caldwell was elevated to head coach in January, and this is his eighth season with the franchise. Caldwell began with the club in 2002 as quarterbacks coach, eventually adding the responsibilities of assistant head coach (2005) and associate head coach (2008). Philadelphia opened its preseason action with a 27-25 home loss last Thursday to New England.

Indianapolis reported to training camp on Sunday, August 2 at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. Players who opened camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list included DB-Bob Sanders (knee), DB-Marlin Jackson (knee), WR-Sam Giguere (leg), KAdam Vinatieri (hip/knee), OT-Charlie Johnson (pectoral) and DTAntonio Johnson (knee). Sanders and Vinatieri are the only two remaining on PUP. The Colts return to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Monday, August 17 for three days of work. The club breaks camp after a morning session on August 19.

Owners of the NFL’s best regular-season record (114-46) since the start of the 1999 season, while being the only team to earn nine playoff appearances in the last 10 seasons, Indianapolis has won 59 of its last 73 regular season games. Indianapolis’ winning ways include a 32-10 record in AFC South play, while the club has owned or shared the lead in 95 of 119 weeks of the division’s existence. The Colts won five AFC South championships from 2003-07, the best divisional-title streak in club history.

Indianapolis is the only NFL team to have double-digit victory totals and playoff appearances each season since the 2002 NFL Realignment.

In a related Indianapolis sports story, it has been announced that Michael Vick, talented quarterback problem-star for the Philadelphia Eagles, is not eligible to participate in this closing pre-season game between the Eagles and the Colts.

Vick spent almost two years in jail for taking part in an illegal dogfighting ring, and was reinstated in the NFL by signing with the Philadelphia Eagles last week. He will see his new public start during the last two Eagles pre-season matches, rather than the upcoming closing game in Indianapolis.

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