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November 8, 2013

Colts home to face Rams

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The Colts want to get to backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, who has replaced an injured Sam Bradford as the starter. Clemens, a veteran in the NFL, has earned the respect of the Indianapolis defense.

“He’s not a guy that hasn’t been around. He definitely knows what he’s doing, he’s a veteran quarterback, and we have our job cut out for us,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We just have to execute and we can’t take anything for granted.”

Miami reaction - The news coming out of the Dolphins locker room concerning the hazing and harassment of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has hit hard in Indianapolis.

Luck, tight end Coby Fleener, wide receiver Griff Whalen, safety Delano Howell and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton were all with Martin at Stanford.

“Jon is a close friend. We had a lot of great times together at Stanford. I have talked to him. Really an unfortunate situation. It does hurt. Out of respect, I’d rather not talk about it any more. But he is a close friend,” the Colts quarterback said Wednesday.

Fleener, though, was a bit more vocal in defending his former collegiate teammate.

“Being my buddy, I want the best for him. I really don’t have a reaction other than wanting the best for Jonathan. [He’s] a standup guy. Awesome character guy. Very much like a lot of his teammates out there,” he said, adding that he doesn’t accept the notion that Martin is too “soft” to play in the NFL.

“That’s a stupid, stupid statement. If somebody wanted to dispute that, I’d be happy to talk to them.”

As for whether Martin wants to keep playing football -- he has taken a leave of absence from the Dolphins for now -- Fleener had a quick response.

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