Updated: Monday, 03 Aug 2009, 4:49 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 03 Aug 2009, 4:42 PM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Colts did hold their first day of practice bright and early Monday morning at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Camp feels a little different this time around in the absence of former Colts head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison.
"It's certainly an adjustment when you don't have two guys that had that big of an impact on our team and certainly on me," quarterback Peyton Manning said.
The practice did run a little over scheduled time, but all in all it was a good first day of practice as the coaches and players got used to some new faces.
"It takes a lot of getting used to lining up under center and not seeing number 88 to my right. And I think everybody is adjusting, even the coaches, to not having coach Dungy around, but that is part of what training camp is for," Manning said. "The more practices we have the more we will settle in. Like coach Caldwell said last night we have no time to look back, we have to go in the now and and go with who is here."
First round pick Donald Brown took the field at Rose-Hulman for the first time. Brown is a running back out of the University of Connecticut.
He and the team came to terms on a contract Sunday night, allowing him to practice Monday.
" I am thankful to be apart of this organization, I have to thank Mr. Irsay and Bill Polian because my biggest concern was to get to camp on time and they made that happen," Brown said. "I am glad to be out here. I just go out there and give my best and compete and help the team in any way I can."
Terre Haute native Jamie Petrowski took part in his first training camp practice. Petrowski is competing for a spot on the Colts active roster this season.
"You know, it's close to home and it's right down the road. It's a new team, it's a good team and everybody is coming together and competing," Petrowksi said.
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