After opening the 2017 season with a 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions in the Motor City, the Arizona Cardinals are in need of a bounce-back performance.At 0-1, the Cardinals travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in search of their first win this season. As Arizona intends on evening up their record, they will have to do it without running back David Johnson and left tackle D.J. Humphries.The Cardinals are not the only team in the NFL already battered by injuries. Top Stories The Colts opened the season without quarterback Andrew Luck and were blown out by the Los Angeles Rams, 46-9. Indianapolis already has ruled out their signal caller for this week’s game.The all-time season series between the Cardinals and Colts is dead even at eight wins apiece. These teams last faced off in Nov. 2013 and the Cardinals beat Indianapolis, 40-11, at University of Phoenix Stadium.When the two teams take the field on Sunday, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians will go up against his good friend and former colleague, Colts’ head coach Chuck Pagano. In 2012, when Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, Arians became the interim head coach and led the Colts to a 9-3 record. Those nine wins are the most by an interim head coach in NFL history.All week, we’ll take you to Indianapolis to give you an inside look at the story lines and players as the Colts prepare to host the Cardinals.It’s Behind Enemy Lines.Saturday, September 16• Seven Things To Watch For: Colts/Cardinals Edition (Colts.com)The Colts’ offense has plenty it hopes to improve overall on Sunday, but nothing is more important than taking care of the football.• Inside the day that changed Bruce Arians’ life (ESPN NFL Nation) The Indianapolis Colts have no choice but to start Jacoby Brissett against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday if they expect to have a chance to at least tread water until Andrew Luck returns. Scott Tolzien showed against the Los Angeles Rams that he’s not capable of having command of the offense.• New week, different challenges presented to Colts’ Coordinators (Colts.com)The Indianapolis Colts, as a team, have moved on from their 46-9 season opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but some of the effects of that game still linger heading into Sunday’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals.• Want to go to Sunday’s Colts-Cardinals game? Tickets are as cheap as $10 (Indianapolis Star)Ticket prices to watch the Indianapolis Colts are dropping. Fast. Several national brokers estimate average ticket prices to watch the Scott Tolzien- or Jacoby Brissett-led Colts are near the bottom of the league.Thursday, September 14• Colts plan to give Scott Tolzien, Jacoby Brissett practice snaps before naming starter (ESPN NFL Nation)The Indianapolis Colts plan to give practice snaps to quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett before picking a starter for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Colts will practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before having a walk-through on Saturday. And, yet, the Colts and General Manager Chris Ballard did … nothing. They whistled past the proverbial graveyard. 6 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Andrew Luck’s agent denies speculation by ESPN host that Luck wants out of Indy (Indianapolis Star)ESPN radio host Mike Greenberg created a social media firestorm Wednesday morning when he cited a “general sense” from people around the league in saying, “Even with that enormous contract and that enormous talent, we could be seeing, right before our eyes, the end of the Andrew Luck era in Indianapolis.”Tuesday, September 12• Andrew Luck already ruled out for Week 2 (Horseshoe Heroes, FanSided)CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora has been pretty plugged in to Andrew Luck‘s status during this offseason and heading into the regular season, and he reported on Sunday that Luck could be out “several more weeks“.Head coach Chuck Pagano has already announced that Luck will be out again this week, and the struggling Colts will have to try to find a way to win without him for the second straight game.• Colts thinking about starting Jacoby Brissett at quarterback (Indianapolis Star)With The Franchise sidelined at least another week, the winless Indianapolis Colts are considering sliding new arrival Jacoby Brissett into the starting quarterback spot for Sunday’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling For Arians, Oct. 1, 2012, changed the trajectory of his life. A longtime NFL assistant coach, Arians had been passed over for dozens of head-coaching interviews while he groomed some of this era’s greatest quarterbacks, won Super Bowls and prepared himself to take the reins of a team.• Friendship between Chuck Pagano, Bruce Arians one of brotherly love (ESPN NFL Nation)On Sunday, the two friends will meet for the second time since Arians left the Colts at end of the 2012 season to become coach of the Cardinals, when the two winless teams face off at Lucas Oil Stadium.Friday, September 15• Jacoby Brissett to start Sunday for Colts (Indianapolis Star)Jacoby Brissett, acquired just 13 days ago from the New England Patriots, will start the team’s Week 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals, an NFL source confirmed to IndyStar. Scott Tolzien will head to the bench.• Colts injury report: Vonte Davis Out, Darius Butler DNP (Horseshoe Heroes)The Colts’ injury report doesn’t get much better for Week 2 as cornerback Vontae Davis remains out, and the Colts could be without another key defensive back in Darius Butler.• By benching Scott Tolzien, Colts admit to failure in not pursuing QB sooner (ESPN NFL Nation ) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact After the way Scott Tolzien played Sunday in Los Angeles, it’s hard to imagine the Colts not giving Brissett a shot. What does this team have to lose?• Colts leading the league in ugly losses, and fault lies with Chuck Pagano (ESPN.com NFL Nation)It’s a scene that has become all too familiar during Chuck Pagano’s five-plus years as coach of the Indianapolis Colts. It’s also something that could end up costing Pagano his job.The coach would talk days in advance about how his team was prepared for its upcoming game, only for the team to go out and get thoroughly whooped.• The Colts have no idea what they are doing (Indianapolis Star)The Indianapolis Colts stink, and not just the players on the field for that 46-9 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Rams in their 2017 NFL opener. The whole damn franchise stinks, starting with the owner and oozing downhill, as this sort of excrement tends to do.The front office stinks. The coaching staff. The scouting department. The players? Bless their hearts, yes. The players stink, too.• Colts quarterback situation is a mess of their own making (Indianapolis Star)The Colts might not have known then what they know now – that Luck is going to need more time before returning to the lineup – but they had an obligation to prepare for the worst-case scenario when dealing with an injury for which there was no firm timetable. • Colts’ T.J. Green adapting to the corner, short term memory key (ESPN NFL Nation)Green seemed the least likely candidate to start, because it’s been less than a month since he made the switch from safety. Rookies Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston appeared to be the front-runners to replace the injured Vontae Davis(groin) in the starting lineup.• Column: Bruce Arians will always cast a shadow over Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Star)And that’s the issue facing Pagano. Arians is the better coach, and everyone knows it, and five years ago Colts owner Jim Irsay chose Pagano instead. Make no mistake: Irsay had no choice but to choose Chuck Pagano, might not even have had a choice to make. The Arizona Cardinals offered their job to Arians, he accepted, and that was that. End of story.Wednesday, September 13• Colts ahead of only the Jets in ESPN’s Week 2 NFL Power Rankings (ESPN.com NFL Nation)The Indianapolis Colts plummeted 18 spots to No. 31 in this week’s ESPN NFL Power Rankings. They are ahead of only the New York Jets, who are No. 32.• Chuck Pagano Has No Timeline for Naming Starting QB (Horseshoe Heroes, FanSided)Chuck Pagano was reportedly “considering” starting Brissett in this week’s game against the Cardinals, but he revealed in a conference call with the media that he hasn’t set a timeline for naming a starter. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Re “Counciling failure” (Our Opinions, April 24): The Daily News editorializes that neighborhood councils should be empowered. Great idea, one I proposed when I unsuccessfully ran for the elected Charter Commission. However, empowering neighborhood councils has its problems. To do so means that the stakeholder concept would have to be abandoned and elections would have to be conducted by the city subject to the Voting Rights Act. Elections would be subject to campaign finance laws. The city would have to provide each neighborhood council at least one staff person, and it would be advisable for a deputy city attorney to be present at each meeting. It would be costly, and that is one reason that I received little support for the idea, particularly because I proposed cutting big chunks out of the City Council budget in order to fund the empowerment. – Jack Allen Pacific Palisades Same old scam Re “Higher fees pushed to help city budget” (April 27): Larry, Moe and Curly Joe (our City Council) are at it again. The article states, “Increases also would aid in adding police officers.” Didn’t they just raise our trash-collection fees to hire more cops? Deputy Mayor Sally Choi is quoted as saying, “It is all about managing within our resources.” Translated, that means they will continue to loot constituents for any program they choose to support. How about this – live within your means, just like the rest of us – and keep your filthy hands out of our pockets! – Henry Magid Reseda Sure `fire’ cure Re “New LAFD incident adds fuel to the fire” (April 26): As hazing and overt discrimination continue from the children living in our fire stations, I see a way to end this nonsense immediately. When a complaint is filed and proved to be valid, the judgment should be paid, not by the taxpayers, but by the perpetrators of the act. Yes, let the firemen dip into their own pockets to pay the often overly rich settlements. I feel almost certain that if an entire shift, from captain on down, had to divide a couple of hundred thousand dollars among themselves, we could experience quick resolution to the foolishness that appears to run rampant in our city. – Bill Merriman Tujunga Budget cuts Re “Mayor’s plan $30 million shy” (April 26): When looking to make budget cuts, the first place you go is to non-essential items. Cut out the $1 million trees program, estimated at $70-$100 million to implement and maintain, and suddenly the budget “uncertainties” seem less daunting. – Vince Antonino Los Angeles Cartoon victim Re “View from the Valley” (April 25): In June it will be 20 years that I have had the privilege of serving with some of the finest people I have ever known. People different from me in every aspect with whom I’ve endured entertaining station life, resolved countless emergencies, witnessed unspeakable tragedies and shared the trust of life and limb. I have never felt like a victim of discrimination or prejudice until I saw Patrick O’Connor’s depiction of an LAFD firehouse with fat, nonchalant firemen with no particular diversity (who were) showing implied acceptance of the antics of notorious celebrities who have trouble bridling their tongues. – Jim Stiglich LAFD firefighter Van Nuys Cynicism Re “Charges traded on Iraq bill” (April 25): “It is cynical to declare that the war is lost because you believe it gives you political advantage,” says Vice President Dick Cheney. He does have a point. When President George W. Bush declared that the war is won in 2003 (“Mission Accomplished”), I thought he had done so because he believed it gave him political advantage. How cynical of me. – Peter Wilson Simi Valley Ask this question Re “Charges traded on Iraq bill” (April 25): In the ’70s I saw the Democrats lead America to its first military loss, and millions died. Now the Democrats are conspiring to repeat this betrayal in Iraq and make sure we surrender and lose this war too. Millions more will be slaughtered and America’s credibility around the world will be lost for generations. All of this is being done for political reasons only … to gain more power for themselves and to win the presidency in 2008. They say it’s what America voted for in 2006. That’s not true. Here’s the poll question I want to see asked: “Are you in favor of America’s military surrendering in this war on terror?” Please, someone, ask this question. – David Hall Winnetka A losing tactic Re “Charges traded on Iraq bill” (April 25): Whether done deliberately or from sheer ignorance, the Bush administration’s assertion that if we don’t continue fighting in Iraq, we (will) have to fight terrorists here is another ruthless deception about that war. The opposite is true: history teaches it is failed policies of military occupation that draw terrorists to the occupier’s homeland. Only after many years of rigorous British occupation of Northern Ireland did the IRA strike on the British mainland. Only after years of Russian repression did Chechen rebels kill civilians in Moscow. The same observations can be drawn from the histories of Indian occupation of Kashmir and Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The irresponsible one is not the Congress trying to change course, but the administration espousing illusions that kill people. – Martin J. Kotowski Sherman Oaks But not enough Seung-Hui Cho was mentally disturbed. People say he should have gotten help. He did, but not enough. He should have been locked up. He was, but not long enough. Coeds complained he stalked them, but didn’t take the complaint far enough. His family was afraid of him; so were teachers and fellow students. The school took it as far as the law allowed – but our privacy laws didn’t protect us from him or him from himself. Virginia Tech, like all public institutions, are walking a legal tightrope with legal sharks waiting below for them to make a slip – yet it’s all the guns’ fault? – Bill Tracy Glendale Misinformation Yesterday after doing some trail running, I hopped in the car and tuned into Sean Hannity just in time to hear him gloating about Rosie O’Donnell being canned from “The View.” While I’m not the world’s biggest Rosie fan, I thought to myself, “Is everyone who says edgy things going to be fired in America?” When I got home I heard ABC itself say that it was Rosie’s choice to leave the show. Question: How do the owners of KABC and KFI radio, and FOX News for that matter, sleep at night knowing their hosts engage in misinformation? Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, would have loved O’Reilly, Hannity and Limbaugh. – Chuck Heinold West Hills Penalty for sex, war What is this country coming to? We try to impeach one guy because he lied about having an affair with a woman who was not his wife, and we do nothing to another man who lied to start a war which costs thousands of American lives. This is the most stupid thing I have seen in my life. – Stan Niedwicki Woodland Hills Flags at half-staff I think that it was a nice gesture to fly flags at half-staff for those killed and injured in the Virginia Tech tragedy. I think it would be even better to continually fly all flags at half-staff for the better than 3,000 who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. – Ed Schlossman Thousand Oaks 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!