— The Indianapolis Colts released their preseason schedule on Monday. The team will play their first two games at home in Lucas Oil Stadium, opening the exhibition schedule with a game vs. the Minnesota Vikings. The exact dates and times of the games have not been released, but that game will take place sometime during the week of Aug. 13-17.
Indianapolis will take on the Philadelphia Eagles, an NFL finalist last season, in a nationally-televised game on FOX Aug. 20.
The team will then hit the road for two weeks, although the trips will be short ones. The Colts will visit Detroit during the week of Aug. 27-31, then close the exhibition schedule at Cincinnati on Sept. 3-4. It's the ninth-straight year the Colts have faced the Bengals in the preseason.
— The Colts were awarded one compensatory pick in the April draft, a fourth-rounder. The pick is the 36th of the round and the 136th overall, and gives the team eight overall selections.
The league issues compensatory picks using a formula that takes into account significant veteran free agents lost and signed the previous year, including the players' salary, playing time and postseason honors. Under the formula, the Colts signed no significant free agents while losing starting guard Jake Scott, who signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Tennessee Titans.
— Unlike the past several years, the Indianapolis Colts won't be playing in any of the NFL's featured games on the opening weekend of the season. That means no Thursday night, Sunday night or Monday night games.
The Colts played at the New England Patriots on Thursday on Kickoff Weekend in 2004, then visited the Baltimore Ravens in a Sunday Night game on Kickoff Weekend 2005. The following year they opened in a Sunday Night game against the New York Giants in the so-called Manning Bowl.
In 2007, they opened the season in the RCA Dome on a Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. They hosted that game because they won the Super Bowl the previous season.
This past season, they played host to the Chicago Bears in the regular-season opener. That was the first regular-season game at state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Stadium.
— Team president Bill Polian recalls when the Colts took QB Peyton Manning with the NFL's No. 1 pick back in 1998.
"Peyton Manning wasn't a sure thing," Polian told the Detroit Free-Press recently. "Peyton Manning wasn't the most popular pick at the time. That's the point. You've got to make the decision that's best for you. Don't worry about anything else."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You don't replace a Hall of Famer. There's no one that has had the kind of production that Marvin has had. He certainly has been one of the all-time greats, so that's going to be different. But the players we do have certainly will continue to improve." — Colts coach Jim Caldwell on replacing former Indianapolis WR Marvin Harrison.
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