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Indianapolis looking to Werner, creativity to apply pressure without NFL sacks champ

  • Indianapolis Colts linebacker Bjoern Werner, of Germany, carries his bags from a golf cart as the players arrived for the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Indianapolis Colts linebacker Bjoern Werner, of Germany, carries his bags from a golf cart as the players arrived for the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Dec. 15, 2013, file photo shows Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis, right, fighting through the block of Houston Texans tackle Derek Newton during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. The reigning NFL sacks leader, Mathis will miss the first four games after league officials said he tested positive for a banned performance enhancer. Mathis’ argued he used the substance to help his wife get pregnant. League officials wouldn’t budge. That means part of camp will be spent trying to find a capable first-month replacement. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    FILE - This Dec. 15, 2013, file photo shows Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis, right, fighting through the block of Houston Texans tackle Derek Newton during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. The reigning NFL sacks leader, Mathis will miss the first four games after league officials said he tested positive for a banned performance enhancer. Mathis’ argued he used the substance to help his wife get pregnant. League officials wouldn’t budge. That means part of camp will be spent trying to find a capable first-month replacement. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indianapoilis colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) along with teammates warm up before the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Thursday, July 24, 2014.  (AP Photo)

    Indianapoilis colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) along with teammates warm up before the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

The pressure is on Bjoern Werner this season, and he's planning to take it out on opposing quarterbacks.

Werner, the Colts' first-round pick in 2013, is getting the first chance to replace Robert Mathis.

The NFL's reigning sacks king will miss the first four games for using a performance-enhancing substance that Mathis says was for fertility treatment.

Werner made only one start in an injury-marred rookie season. He has been lining up with the starters during the first two days of training camp, something coach Chuck Pagano says will continue.

Pagano also says Indy must get creative with its blitz packages until Mathis returns.

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