Fighting backThe aptly named Sean Doctor is back at work...


June 10, 1994|By Ken Murray

Fighting back

The aptly named Sean Doctor is back at work this week despite a dislocated right shoulder that ultimately will require surgery. He suffered the injury last week diving for a pass.

A rookie fullback with the Colts, Doctor has labored in four leagues trying to find a team. Along the way, he endured his share of physical setbacks. In 1991, he had a dislocated shoulder (same one) and major knee surgery.

"I kept getting injured," said Doctor, 27, who spent two years with his hometown Buffalo Bills. "Hopefully, I'll get a break here. I love to play."

It shows.

Incoming, outgoing

One day before veterans participate in workouts, the Colts brought in rush end Roderick Brown, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker at Memphis State last year. "He's the prototype of what we're looking for," said Jim Popp, director of player personnel.

The team also announced the signing of veteran defensive halfback Charles Anthony, who had 56 tackles, five interceptions and two blocked kicks for the Saskatchewan Roughriders last year. He is the eighth CFL defensive veteran to join the Colts.

Meanwhile, tackle Andrew Oberg voluntarily left camp to pursue a coaching career.

Stepping up

Josh Miller, the Colts' newest punter, had an impressive first ++ day on the job. A two-step punter, Miller hit kicks of 43 and 45 yards -- and got them off under the prescribed time of 2 seconds (1.84, 1.80). None of the other punters got their kicks off in less than 2 seconds.

Miller played at Arizona and went to training camp with the Green Bay Packers a year ago.

Presidential call

Team owner Jim Speros has extended formal invitations to President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore to attend the Colts' home opener against the Calgary Stampeders on July 16.

Two-minute drill

Quarterback Tracy Ham completed 5 of 8 passes in the no-huddle period, three to slotback Jimmy Guarantano of Rutgers, who has had an excellent camp. . . . Felix Parham blocked Ian Howfield's field-goal attempt from 47 yards. . . . Howfield was 1-for-3 yesterday; Donald Igwebuike was 3-for-3. . . . Speros said he will replace the old, wooden seats on the mezzanine level with plastic ones through the course of the season. . . . The British Columbia Lions ended a contract dispute with veteran quarterback Kent Austin. With incentives, Austin could make more than $500,000 this year. He played for Don Matthews in Saskatchewan last season.


Michael Brooks

Pos: FS

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 190

College: N.C. State

Year: 1st

Outlook: Has NFL experience (Cowboys, Chargers), makes right coverage calls and anticipates well. The front-runner at his position.

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