INDIANAPOLIS – Colts coach Chuck Pagano is ready for his second round of chemotherapy and probably will not return to the team until he completes it.
Interim coach Bruce Arians says doctors are trying to keep Pagano in as sterile environment as possible to prevent the risk of infection.
Pagano was hospitalized Sept. 26 after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He was released from the hospital Sunday and is continuing treatment at home.
The 52-year-old coach has stayed in contact with his players, writing another note to them this week. Arians did not say what was in the note.
Arians says not being around the team is driving Pagano crazy, but he feels much better being home.
Colts say Moala, Butler won’t play
Colts defensive tackle Fili Moala and cornerback Darius Butler will not play Sunday at Tennessee. Moala has an undisclosed knee injury, Butler is out with a bad shoulder.
Everyone else on the injury report – including Pro Bowler Robert Mathis (sprained left knee) and running back Donald Brown (knee surgery) will be game-time decisions.
Indianapolis had a scare this week when rookie quarterback Andrew Luck appeared on the injury list with a knee injury. Arians explained Luck just received treatment on the right knee and wore a sleeve over it at practice but he did not miss any practice time and will play Sunday. League rules required Luck to be listed on the injury report.
Arizona safety Rashad Johnson was fined $21,000 for an illegal blindside block against Minnesota.
Detroit cornerback Alphonso Smith was fined $15,750 for his horse-collar tackle on Chicago wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall and Earl Bennett were also docked $10,500 by the league for wearing orange cleats, a violation of the uniform policy.
Several other players were fined $7,875 by the league for various penalties, including St. Louis cornerback Cortland Finnegan (unnecessary roughness), Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard (facemask), Carolina’s Charles Godfrey (low block), Washington offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus (leg whip), Cleveland linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (late hit) and San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson (taunting – unsportsmanlike conduct).
Around the league
NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans requesting former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints’ bounties case next week.
Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook (right arm) will need surgery and will be out seven or eight weeks. New England tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) will miss Sunday’s game against St. Louis. Miami cornerback Richard Marshall (back) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at the Jets. Tennessee left tackle Michael Roos has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Colts, ending his 119-game consecutive-starts streak.