Manning caused a bit of a stir when he and coach Jim Caldwell emerged from a sideline tent with a visor fitted on Manning's facemask.
"“He had a little bit of irritation in his eye and that created a little bit of photosensitivity, so he just put a visor on just to kind of stay ahead of it," Caldwell said.
The coach didn't seem to think the eye would be an ongoing concern. "I wouldn’t imagine [he would wear a visor in a game] unless he had some difficultly, but I doubt that," he said.
The Colts were in full pads for the first time in training camp, and with rain on the way, Caldwell said the team had to alter their plans a bit to accomodate Mother Nature. The rain did hold off long enough that the team was able to get the majority of their practice time in.
“We obviously had a few adjustments we made this morning," Caldwell said. "We certainly got the practice in and I thought we practiced extremely well the first day in full pads. We had to adjust the order of our practice just to make sure we got the meat of it in."
Manning suffered an eye injury in 2001 during training camp as well, and has worn a visor at other times, so don't read too much into this storyline.
Manning's shaded eyes, and everyone else's, got their first real look at first-round draft pick Jerry Hughes, and the rookie defensive end showed some potential on his first day in pads.
Hughes had good quickness off the ball, practiced with the first unit much of practice and was able to step up the pressure on Manning a couple of times. He, along with Ramon Humber, sniffed out a reverse to Brandon James during full team drills, then showed good pursuit in chasing him down.
Another time, Hughes attempted an inside spin move and left tackle Charlie Johnson was able to shut him down, shoving him further down into the line and sealing him off.
"Obviously this is not the first time that we’ve seen him," Caldwell said. "We’ve had a chance to see him all spring and I can tell you he’s coming along and making really good progress. He’s learning. There’s a lot to learn. It’s a very difficult position to play and play well, but he’s got a couple guys in front of him that will set a good example for him."
Other notes from Tuesday's rain-shortened workout:
- I doubt it had much to do with the visor, but it didn't seem like Manning and the rest of the offense was quite as sharp today — at least, not as sharp as on day one, when Manning looked like he was playing catch with his receivers most of the day.
Perhaps that was a case of the defensive backs stepping up their game, as I noticed Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey make nice coverage plays to force incompletes. Manning and Reggie Wayne also appeared out of sync on a couple of throws. Manning and Jeff Saturday also miscommunicated on the snap count one time, and the ball hit the ground.
- Bob Sanders, Joseph Addai, Clint Session, Ervin Baldwin, Keyunta Dawson, Ray Fisher and Robert Mathis all sat out of this morning's workout.
- The Colts announced after the practice they plan to wear throwback uniforms for their preseason opener vs. San Francisco. The team will wear white uniforms from the 1955 season, with dark blue helmets and the famous horseshoe moved to the back of the helmet.
All in all, not a very eventful session. The team is back in action for a special teams session this afternoon.
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