Colts continue their quest for perfection

| Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

Now that Indianapolis has won its annual November showdown with New England, players can embark on their next traditional quest.

Chasing perfection.

For the third time in five years, the Colts are 9-0 and need to pull out those rehearsed lines.

"It is a huge win," three-time MVP Peyton Manning said after rallying the Colts for a 35-34 victory Sunday night. "The main reason is it's an AFC team. Teams in our division are winning. That's what we are trying to do, stay ahead of those teams."

Clearly, the veterans want to downplay the distractions that typically follows wins like this one.

Sports talk shows, analysts and bloggers will break down every Colts flaw and question how good the Colts really are.

Others will argue about which unbeaten team is better, New Orleans or Indy.

And each ensuing victory will bring more reporters, more questions and more hype to the Colts' locker room.

· Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter practiced yesterday but had little to say about sitting out Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. He was listed as inactive because of a "coach's decision," and the Dolphins haven't elaborated on the reason for the demotion.

· The NFL Players Association is trying to set up a meeting with Cleveland Browns players this week to talk about coach Eric Mangini's practices, a person at the union told The Associated Press. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to protect the Browns players' confidentiality, said the union is looking into what has been going on in Cleveland this season because of concerns about health and safety.

· A day after benching JaMarcus Russell for the second time in three games, Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable is undecided about his starting quarterback. Cable said he has yet to determine whether Russell, Bruce Gradkowski or Charlie Frye will start this week's game against Cincinnati.

· Clinton Portis is still experiencing "a little blurriness" from his concussion, making it uncertain whether the Washington Redskins running back will play next week against Dallas.

· Brian Westbrook's status is uncertain after the former All-Pro running back sustained another concussion in Philadelphia's 31-23 loss at San Diego.

· Jon Gruden has agreed to a multiyear contract to stay at ESPN, suggesting he won't be returning to coaching anytime soon.

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