INDIANAPOLIS – When preparations need to include “wet-ball drills’’ to simulate possible inclement conditions for the upcoming game, a team occasionally pulls out a bucket, fills it with water and frequently dips the football in it.
Voila! Wet ball.
A bucket wasn’t needed as the Indianapolis Colts ramped up work for Sunday’s primetime meeting with the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The extended forecast for kickoff: heavy rain, which could lead to flooding and mudslides in the area, and wind gusts that might reach 40 mph.
“Yeah, the forecast is not good,’’ Frank Reich said Friday. “We’ve talked about it all week.’’
Friday’s practice was held outdoors and players dealt with a steady drizzle and light wind. Conditions were dry Thursday, but the weather cooperated with a stiffer breeze.
“I understand what they are calling for could be a lot worse than what we saw yesterday and today,’’ Reich said, “but I think the guys have worked hard. We’re as prepared as we can be.’’
At best, conditions for an important game – the Colts are 2-4 and can ill afford to fall further behind 4-2 Tennessee in the AFC South, especially with their Oct. 31 rematch at Lucas Oil Stadium looming – will be less than ideal. The Niners, meanwhile, are looking to snap a three-game losing streak and remain relevant in the NFC.
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