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  • 19 April 2019
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson are in a real jam.By Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts must compile a 53-man active roster -- something that has become complicated by a long list of short-term injuries.It makes it tricky, Pagano said Monday. We are going to have to do a really good job. Ryan will do a great job. Jimmy Raye III, the personnel group and coaches will all get together, and well make the appropriate decisions based on all of those components.Usually, the Colts head into cut down weekend protecting their starters and looking to fill a certain number of spots at each position.Not this time.Indy lacks depth along the offensive and defensive lines and in the secondary, and they cant count on getting relief from the NFLs rules.Only one player can be designated for return from injured reserve, and the only Colts player eligible for the physically unable to perform list is safety Clayton Geathers.Just how much of a toll have the injuries taken on the Colts depth chart?They opened Saturdays game with two rookies and a second-year player starting along the offensive line and with three key players -- right tackle Joe Reitz (back), backup guard Hugh Thornton (ankle) and versatile swingman Joe Haeg (ankle) -- all on the sideline. When left guard Jack Mewhort left during the first half, things got even worse.Initially, the fear was Mewhort had sustained a torn ACL, which would have ended his season.Instead, the MRI came back negative, limiting Mewhorts absence to 2 to 4 weeks.But without those four, Indys offensive line again struggled to protect Andrew Luck or create openings for the running game, causing consternation for fans and coaches as the regular-season opener approaches.Im not going to lie to you and tell you that everything is going to be OK, Pagano said. We have to execute, we have to communicate, we have to make plays and we have to put the ball in the end zone.Defensively, things may be even worse.Indy was missing four of its top five cornerbacks, including both starters, against Philadelphia and lost No. 5 when Darius Butler left in the first quarter with an injured ankle. Butler is listed day to day.The defensive line has been without defensive end Kendall Langford (knee surgery) since early this month. Defensive tackle Henry Anderson, who is recovering from ACL surgery, was just activated off the PUP list last week. Pagano isnt sure if either will be available for the Sept. 11 season opener against Detroit.Indy also will be without defensive tackle Art Jones for the first four games because of a suspension for violating the NFLs policy on performance-enhancing substances.Jones wont count against the roster limit until he returns in early October.But if the Colts keep everyone active, they could start the season with nearly a dozen guys unable to play Sept. 11 against Detroit.The combination means Thursday nights usually meaningless preseason finale at Cincinnati carries much more significance for everybody.As Pagano and Grigson try to plug holes, they will also be on the lookout for players who can start immediately -- even if they start out on the Colts practice squad.I think you have to look at all the injured players, Pagano said, and know that its going to affect roster mechanics in one way or another.Game notes After releasing 10 players Sunday, the Colts cut four more players Monday. Indy waived receiver Danny Anthrop, tackle Keith Lumpkin and running back Trey Williams and released tight end Konrad Reuland. ... Running back Stevan Ridley practiced with the Colts for the first time Monday. He was signed Sunday. ... Pagano also promised Monday to fix the penalty problem that has plagued them through the first three preseason games.---Online:AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Adidas Shoes Clearance Sale Online . Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Discount Adidas Shoes Uk . - NASCAR announced a 33-race schedule for the 2014 Nationwide Series with virtually no changes from this years slate. . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. 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Nazem Kadri had two assists and Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots.All but one of Torontos eight wins this season have come at home.I think every time you step on home ice you still cant believe it, said Marner, who grew up in nearby Thornhill, Ontario. A hundred years of this team and luckily enough were part of that now.The win spoiled Florida goalie James Reimers first start in Toronto since leaving the Maple Leafs in the offseason. Reimer finished with 24 saves an d Aaron Ekblad scored the lone goal for the Panthers.The Maple Leafs got to their former goalie quickly, scoring three times in the first period -- including two by Brown.Brown deflected Morgan Riellys point shot past a surprised Reimer nearly six minutes in. The goal was initially ruled off for a high stick, but was later overturned on video review.After Ekblad evened the score at 1-1 with only his fourth point of the season -- all goals -- Brown scored again. This time, he eluded a check along the boards by Ekblad, continued a hard drive down the right side of the ice and then flung a shot on goal as he avoided a diving Jason Demers.Brown crashed into the boards and popped up with a visor full of snow after the shot beat Reimer, who was taken aback by the goal once more.Signed to a five-year, $17 million deal in the summer, Reimer is 2-3-1 record in his first seven games with Florida.ddddddddddddarner padded the lead to two as he gained control of the puck just inside the Florida blue line, took a step on defenseman Michael Matheson and then made a series of dekes to beat Reimer.He was still fighting off the advances of Matheson prior to scoring, waiting until the last possible moment to slide the puck from backhand to forehand, tucking it just around the left pad of the goalie.I was really committed on going to the backhand, Marner said. Last second, I kind of just wanted to try and make a move and see what happens.Marner now has six goals and 10 points in his last seven games, trailing only Winnipeg winger Patrik Laine in rookie scoring (16 points).Brown added his third point when he lofted a pass to Komarov on a Toronto rush, the Finnish winger flipping a shot past Reimer for the 4-1 lead. He notched his fourth point on Gardiners third of the year late in the third.The line of Brown, Komarov and Kadri not only managed to score a bunch but shut down the Panthers top unit, which features Aleksander Barkov and 44-year-old Jaromir Jagr.We can play him against real good players, which is positive, Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of Brown, who was playing in only his 24th game.Van Riemsdyk, coming off his first hat trick as a Leaf on Tuesday, got the Leafs fifth goal late in the second. He picked off a flubbed pass by Dylan McIlrath in the Florida zone and beat Reimer.Game notes Van Riemsdyk has a team-leading eight goals and 17 points. ... Toronto rookie sensation Auston Matthews remained without a goal for the 11th consecutive game. The 19-year-old has only two assists in that span. ... Browns previous career high of three points also came against Florida late last season. ...UP NEXTPanthers: At Ottawa on Saturday night.Maple Leafs: At Montreal on Saturday night. ' ' '