The morning of the Sunday, Sept. 23 game against Jacksonville, Chuck Pagano met the Colts' team doctors.
"How long have you had those bruises?" they wondered.
"A long time," Pagano told them.
Two days later, a nurse was brought into the complex to draw his blood. Tuesday night, he got a call.
"We found something," he was told. "Some of your counts were really low and they shouldn't be low."
So they set up an appointment, at which point it hit Pagano that this wasn't anemia or the common cold.