Indy looking to make special teams more solid

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

When Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri couldn't tackle Darren Sproles on Sunday night's opening kickoff, Sproles scored.

When punter Hunter Smith couldn't shove Sproles out of bounds on Indianapolis' first punt, Sproles scored another touchdown.

Then again, kickers and punters aren't supposed to make those plays.

For coach Tony Dungy and his not-so-special coverage teams, the long runbacks and scores have been more than an aberration. They've become a trend.

Dungy says the Colts can't afford to give away two touchdowns.

Indy ranks 24th in the league on kickoff returns and last on punt returns (21.1 yards) and has given up three returns for touchdowns.


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