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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill might find out soon if a second chance can turn into the chance of a lifetime.
Brazill missed the first four games of this season with a suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. It was a tough hit on a receiver once considered as someone who could push T.Y. Hilton for playing time. But Brazill served his time and vowed to clean up his act.
Now, with Reggie Wayne out for the season after knee surgery, Brazill might get the chance to become a regular playmaker, starting with a game on NBC's Sunday Night Football at 8:30 tonight in Houston.
Here's a quick look at Brazill:
Ht: 5-11; Wt: 194; Age: 24; College: Ohio; How acquired by the Colts: Drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fast facts: Played in 15 games as a rookie in 2012, catching 11 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown. …His biggest play came on a 42-yard touchdown catch in the Colts' comeback win at Detroit. …Compiled 2,515 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns during his career at Ohio. …Had four punt-return touchdowns at Ohio.
Brazill on opportunity with Reggie Wayne out: “Oh, man. It's a big opportunity for me. Go out there and make plays and show them what I'm capable of doing and being a big part of the offense.”
Brazill on the receiving corps without Wayne: “It's a big loss in the offense without Reggie. But we've got some young guys that can make plays and Darrius (Heyward-Bey), he's going to be our leader and he's capable of making big plays. We're just going to have to go out there and just play. Do what we've been doing.”
Brazill on what he learned from suspension: “Grow as a man. Learn from your mistakes. You mess up and you pay the consequences. Now I'm ready to move forward and put that all behind me. …It's my time to make a play. I'm ready to do it.”
Brazill on making plays his rookie season: “It gave me a lot of confidence knowing I can play in this league. Just get me prepared for this year. Just go out there and if your number gets called, just go out there and do what you can do.”
Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Brazill and other receivers stepping up without Wayne: “I've watched them for a long time. I've watched them practice not only this week but weeks prior. I don't have any doubts in my mind that those guys will go line up and they'll play fast and they'll play hard and they'll make plays. Will it be perfect? No. We chase perfection at every position. We chase perfection every day we come in here, but we know it's never going to be perfect. But that's what we're chasing.”