Colts notebook: Rookie Curt Maggitt fined by NFL
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Welcome to the NFL, Curt Maggitt.
The Indianapolis Colts’ rookie outside linebacker received notice from the league this week he’s been fined $9,115 for his unnecessary roughness penalty in Sunday’s 30-27 loss to Jacksonville in London.
In the third quarter, Maggitt was penalized for a late hit on Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Akeem Ayers got to Bortles for a sack. As Bortles was twisting to the ground, Maggitt and Antonio Morrison drilled him. The NFL decided Maggitt’s hit was more egregious.
“I think I’m an aggressive player,’’ Maggitt said Friday. “I’m not really going to take the edge off in that sense. I feel like in college that probably wouldn’t have been a call.
“But being a professional, I’ve got to understand the rules and the transition from college to the NFL. So, it’s definitely a lesson learned.’’
The fine was the league minimum for a first-time offender of that indiscretion. But it’s hefty for Maggitt. He earns $26,470 per week as part of his $450,000 rookie base pay.
“Yeah, definitely for me, an undrafted guy,’’ he said.
Chuck Pagano insisted he has no doubt Robert Mathis will emerge from what’s been a quiet start to his 14th season, and offered a reason why the Colts’ career sack leader still is looking for his first of the season.
“He’s dealing with some stuff. You guys know he’s dealing with some stuff,’’ Pagano said. “He’s getting healthier. We’re doing the right thing by him giving him the time he needs from a practice standpoint, a preparation standpoint so that when he gets to Sunday, he’s as fresh as he can be.’’
Mathis, 35, generally has at least one day off each week, and has been questionable on the weekly status report twice with a foot injury: this week and prior to the Denver game.
However, during training camp Mathis dealt with some type of knee injury. In early August, Pagano revealed Mathis has “got a little bit of a knee here and there, but he’s doing fine. He’s day-to-day.’’
The concern with Mathis is obvious. In four games, he’s failed to record a sack and has been credited with only one quarterback hit.
Mathis is expected to be the catalyst of the pass rush. He holds the team record with 118, which places him fifth among active players.
Another O-line shuffle?
Starting right tackle Joe Reitz (back) and starting right guard Denzelle Good (back) are expected to return against the Bears, but it’s not a given each will be in the starting lineup.
Pagano mentioned the team has several options and “we’re going to put the best five out there.’’
That might involve having rookie Joe Haeg at right guard. The fifth-round draft pick started at right guard against San Diego and right tackle against the Jaguars.
However it shakes out, quarterback Andrew Luck will play behind a third different starting offensive line in as many games.
The only players ruled out of the game are wideout Donte Moncrief (shoulder) and offensive lineman Jon Harrison (illness).
Pagano was non-committal on whether the team will activate defensive tackle Art Jones for Sunday’s game. Jones is on the one-week exempt list after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.
“He did a great job while he was away,’’ Pagano said. “He’s in great shape (but) he hasn’t played football for a month.
“I just don’t want to throw him out there without some time on task. We’ll see.’’
If Jones isn’t activated for the game, the team must make a decision on Monday. It must either activate him or cut him.