Offensive tackle helps protect Luck, give runners path

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Anthony Castonzo recently decided the beard-mustache combination that covered a good percentage of his face just wasn’t doing it.

A new look would be preferred, but what exactly?

Welcome to the Fu Manchu version of the Indianapolis Colts’ starting left tackle, who wears his reddish-brown inverted “U” with immense pride.

It’s a look that virtually screams “lineman,” not that Castonzo needed assistance in that department. At 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds, the 2011 first-round selection is among the franchise’s tallest players (the 6-7 fraternity includes three teammates) as well as one of its heaviest.

Given the pressures that come with his job — primarily protecting the blindside of rookie quarterback Andrew Luck — it’s good to maintain a sense of humor.

So the Fu Manchu it is, at least until Castonzo, 24, perhaps motivated by the impending colder temperatures, elects to just put his razors in a drawer until spring.

A variety of factors can be credited for the Colts’ surprising 4-3 start, the steadiness of the line Castonzo anchors among them. Indianapolis, for the most part, has given Luck ample time in the pocket while making sure to create running avenues for backs Donald Brown, Vick Ballard and Delone Carter.

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