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Every NFL team has been bracing for the possibility of nearly empty – if not completely empty – stadiums this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic for months.
As of now, the Colts are one of the few teams that are still scheduled to allow at least a few fans at their home games to start the season; The team recently announced that as many as 2,500 fans will be admitted to Lucas Oil Stadium for their Week 2 home opener against the Vikings.
The Colts say they are continuing discussions with local health officials to determine capacity numbers for future home games.
Nonetheless, this gaming experience will simply be different without tens of thousands of fans cheering on the teams (or perhaps expressing their dissatisfaction at times).
“The fans are a big part of this game. The coaches and the players accept this. I mean, this is going to be sorely missed,” Reich said. “I can even think back to my playing days when the players – sometimes between playoffs you look up there, look at your family, or you just scored a big touchdown and you see the end zone fans going crazy. great moments. They are a big part of this game. “
Rivers, who is known to elicit his fair share of cheers and taunts, according to the stadium, throughout his 16-plus years in the NFL, says he’ll miss that interaction with fans this season as well – and is disappointed to know that. , for now, he won’t be able to perform in front of more fans at Indy, where he has had his share of battles over the years.
“To be as outspoken as possible, it hurt – it was disappointing, I guess, to say it,” Rivers said. “I told you early on how much I loved coming here and playing in the old RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium. The fans were great. They were smart fans, passionate fans, knew when to clap, when not to. So it was certainly disappointing. “
Perhaps the bright side of fewer fans, Rivers pointed out, will be an opportunity to have better communication on the road.
“There’s an element in enjoying calming a stadium of 70,000 people on a 12-game long drive, or winning a tough game on the road in front of their fans,” Rivers said. “But in some ways down the road it will be a little easier now in terms of communication.”
The Philadelphia Eagles told Noah Togiai on Sunday morning that he would return to re-sign with the team later today.
Hours later, however, Togiai was informed that those plans had changed.
Relinquished by the Eagles in the last roster cuts on Saturday, the rookie tight end was claimed by the Colts, who needed a little more depth at the post with Trey Burton battling a calf injury; Burton has since been placed on the injured reserve, meaning he will be out for at least the first three games of the season.
The 6-foot-4, 244-pound Togiai played 44 games with 37 starts at Oregon State and finished with 102 receptions for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was a 2017 All-Pac-12 second-team selection, and last year he won the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
Togiai has the athletic DNA of several players who played the tight final position for the Colts; in fact, he played basketball at Oregon State in his freshman year, which is similar to the experience of his tight classmate Mo Alie-Cox, as he played exclusively college basketball at VCU before d ‘try football.
“I like to say that I bring a very balanced skill set,” Togiai told reporters on Wednesday. “I like to think I can beat people athletically in the passing game, but I also have enough in me to put my hand in the ground and help with the running game. I pride myself on being balanced – not too much better in one than the other. “
When asked if he thinks he might be ready to go as early as Sunday’s opener against the Jaguars, Togiai said he felt like he was writing the Colts’ playbook “enough quickly”.
“There are a lot of similarities to what I just came out of, obviously with the coach (Frank Reich), who was there,” he said. “So with the playbook I’m writing it slowly. But it’s one thing to know looking at a piece of paper and it’s another to execute and execute it the right way. So I’m going to have to wait for that one and see how the next few days of training go, and I hope I can learn enough and then help us in attack and in the special teams. “