Colts starters to return for Chiefs game

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It seems as if the Colts have played short-handed all season long, but they may be getting back a handful of first-teamers at the right time. Along with Philip Dorsett, Henry Anderson and Jack Mewhort returning to the practice field, Donte Moncrief may be the most important. He’s been out since suffering a cracked shoulder blade in Denver in week two.

“I’m ready, ready to get that contact so I can get going man,” said number ten in the locker room before practice. “I miss playing, I miss being out there helping my brothers and helping the team.”

“You don’t ever want to be without those guys,” added coach Chuck Pagano. “But credit the young guys that came and filled in for Donte in his absence still been able to do some good things offensively..great to have him back.”

Getting those starters back is important, especially against a very good Kansas City team whose last Lucas Oil Stadium appearance was one both teams won’t soon forget. The Colts trailed by four touchdowns in the second half in a January 2014 AFC Wild Card contest when Andrew Luck caught fire. T.Y. Hilton grabbed 13 passes for a playoff franchise record 224 yards, spurring the rally that ended in a 45-44 Colts victory.

“We were just talking about it in the training room,” said lineman Anthony Castonzo. “Someone said yeah, that’s the game where Andrew dove to the end zone. Oh, yeah, I didn’t even remember that so, the one play that sticks in my head is he had a big bomb to T.Y. which kind of kicked off our comeback.”

Luck knows it was the start of something special too. “Yeah, it was fun to come from behind and win in that fashion at home. I think it was the first playoff victory for a lot of guys on the Colts, and being part of the Colts, I think it was mine, yeah, so a lot of fun.”

The Colts are hoping this Sunday’s matchup with the Chiefs will provide many more good memories.