INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - By the time the Indianapolis Colts are back on the field, the NFL's locked out officials should also be on the job again, and that's news the boys in blue are happy to hear.
Starting safety Tom Zbikowski is among the pleased players.
"Just back to a little bit of normalcy I guess,” Zbikowski said. “We'll get these guys back. I don't think people understand just how good these guys are at their profession, at their craft. The things these guys see at such a speed of the game we play at, there are very few things they miss. It will be good to get them back."
Defensive end Cory Redding has been careful about saying too much, but he knows it will be good for everyone involved when the regular officials return.
"I'm looking for the game to be the way it is played, the way it should be played, the way it should be called., and held to that standard that the NFL shield has put up for years since I've been in the league, before I got in the league and hope that it will be that way when I leave the league," said Redding.
Along with the officials returning soon, the Colts top tackler of 2011 should be back as well. Inside linebacker Pat Angerer broke his foot in the first pre-season game, and after surgery, he's been rehabbing ever since.
"I anticipate being back for the Green Bay game. I'm going to try,” Angerer said. “I've been running around out there a little bit, haven't really been full go yet but I feel good, and I don't know if I can sit around another Sunday and do nothing."
When the Colts return from four days off of football for a bye week things should get back into a normal routine, not only here, but across the NFL.