There's a do-your-job feel around the Colts' complex despite the hovering cloud of concern.
"The one thing that I think we have to be very aware of is not getting over-excited, over-hyped to try to do something extra," said Bruce Arians, the Colts' interim coach and offensive coordinator. "We don't need to do anything extra.
"We just need to play, coach every day and prepare like we have and not get caught up with snot bubbles and tears. They don't beat anybody."
Sunday will have its distracting moments. The team will take the field without Pagano for the first time this season. Colts owner Jim Irsay said they would love to bring him a game ball after a win. There surely will be a pregame recognition for Pagano. "Win one for the gipper" will be in play -- like it or not.
"There will be a little bit of a focus to try not to get too emotional," Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck said. "Coach Pagano wouldn't want us crying about him before the game or blowing snot bubbles about the situation.
"And I don't think we will. We'll have to wait and see how it all shakes out."
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