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Indianapolis Colts 2010 Training Camp: Safety Jamie Silva Out for Season

Melvin Bullitt was the Special Teams co-captain alongside with kicker Adam Vinatieri last season. But Bullitt suggested that back-up safety Jamie Silva should have been one of the co-captains instead of himself being honored as one on special teams.

“In every way, Jamie deserved it more than I did,” Bullitt said. “I’m praying for him and hope he’s back and ready to go next season.”

Silva is entering his third year in the league and was expected to start a punt-returner this season for the Colts. However, seeing that happen is most definitely unlikely now that he is out for the season after injuring his knee ligament in the team’s 37-17 pre-season loss to the the San Francisco 49ers.

“That really hurts us,” Bullitt said. “Someone is going to have to step up on special teams. In my opinion, if he wasn’t the best special teams player, he was one of the top three on our team. He made plays all last year and the year before and was getting better and better. And on the defensive side of the ball, that hurts us depth-wise.”

The undrafted player out of Boston College had 17 tackles last season, including 15 on special teams. Silva has quickly become one of the fan-favorites on the team for his smiling and his hustle on the field. He shows a lot of dedication to the Colts and is a blocker on special teams now as well.

“He’s a guy who certainly has a lot of spirit, runs around and makes a lot of plays for us,” said Colts coach Jim Caldwell. “It’s tough to see a guy out for the season. He’s a quality guy and helped us in a number of different areas.”

No worries for Silva, though. His job on the team is still safe and he is still smiling.

Curtis Painter’s Job Still Safe

Curtis Painter had another horrendous performance. After playing terrible in the last two regular season games, he didn’t show up well in the pre-season game against the Niners. The Indianapolis Star asked head coach Jim Caldwell if his status is still the same at second-string back-up quarterback to starter Peyton Manning.

“Status? It’s still the same. It hasn’t changed,” Caldwell said. “One of the things is you have to take it all into consideration, practice, how well they do, how much material they know and understand, how they can regurgitate it. Obviously the performance is an issue as well, but you have to look at everything that occurs.

“You all don’t get a chance to see who was supposed to be where on what route, what was supposed to happen in this situation. There are a lot of other factors that go into it, dropped passes and things of that nature. Sometimes, I think everyone can get ahead of themselves and not give an individual a fair shake. He’s still our second-string quarterback. We believe in him. He’s going to develop and grow. It just takes some time.”

Jerraud Powers’ Miscue

Jerruad Powers was made fun of lot by his teammates for his miscue in the pre-season game against the Niners. He had an easy touchdown when he got his interception, but instead went out of bounds. It ended up as a 53-yard return.

“Lacey did have a good block. All of the guys had good blocks. I just wasn’t aware of the sidelines,” Powers said. “Reggie (Wayne) was on the sideline and he kept (making a motion with his hands), so I thought someone was going to try to come up and strip me backside. I was just thinking about the team and didn’t want to lose the ball.”

Obviously, this won’t happen when the regular season comes up.

Sack Away

Sacks were a major deal for the Colts’ defense in the pre-season game. This also included one from rookie Pat Angerer, who got down David Carr.

“You think about it, I didn’t get blocked and the defensive line got the guy across from me, so there wasn’t much to it. Anybody could have probably run in there and sacked the guy,” said Angerer.

Fili Moala also had a sack, dropping Carr for a seven-yard loss.

The Blurbs

Kyle DeVan was also injured. He suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter…..Peyton Manning was honored before the pre-season game against the Niners. He is the only quarterback to have four MVP awards…..Seven starters sat out in the pre-season game. These players were Dwight Freeney, Bob Sanders, Clint Session, Pierre Garcon, Charlie Johnson, Jeff Saturday, and Dallas Clark….Antoine Bethea did not attend practice due to death in his family. Hope all is well.

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