“The guy is a smart guy. We know from a physical standpoint he’s very, very athletic. He can run. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s a tireless worker. He’s been a great pro. Even though he hasn’t played, he’s picked up a ton. Our veteran guys, guys like Robert [Mathis] and the rest of the guys in the defensive room, have been tremendous working with him and mentoring him and bringing him along and helping his development to this point. So, other than actual real game under the lights stuff, he’s been outstanding. If he gets an opportunity [Sunday], I’m sure everybody is going to be real eager to see what he does.”
Could Adongo get work with the defense? Probably not, but Pagano didn’t completely rule it out.
“We’ve got five outside backers that have been playing the lion’s share of the snaps. Not a great need there,” he said. “From a special teams standpoint, again, he gives you a big, long, athletic, fast, physical guy that can play in space. That’s where we’ll start.”
ILB Mario Harvey (torn meniscus) and RB Daniel “Boom” Herron (pectoral tear) were both placed on the Colts’ injured reserve list.
Injury list -- Offensive guard/tackle Jeff Linkenbach will not play Sunday at Cincinnati. He started at right offensive guard last week against Tennessee but suffered a torn quad muscle. Linkenbach, who did not practice Wednesday, is sidelined indefinitely.
No decision has been made who will line up at either guard spot. Rookie Hugh Thornton, along with veterans Mike McGlynn and Joe Reitz, are the candidates. Thornton has been the starting left guard, filling in for injured starter Donald Thomas who is out for the year. McGlynn had been starting at right guard until last week.