TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 3: Quarterback Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts sets for a play behind center Jeff Saturday #63 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 3, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Phil Wilson of the Indianapolis Star tweets that Anthony Castonzo, Ryan Diem, Drake Nevis, Kevin Thomas, Mike Tepper, Kerry Collins, and Peyton Manning are OUT. Jeff Linkenbach will start at left tackle while newly signed linemen Quinn Ojinnaka will start at right.
This means that all top three picks for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2011 NFL Draft will not play today. In addition, the third round pick in 2010 (Thomas) is a healthy scratch for the second straight week. Seriously, a third round pick can't beat out the ''immortal' Stevie Brown or Terrence Johnson? Why the hell was this guy drafted again? Do we chalk him up to yet another draft pick bust by this front office?
Seriously, with all the injuries in the secondary, and with the team being 0-4 with corners who seemingly give 20+ yard cushions on 3rd-and-ten, why not play Thomas? Maybe head coach Jim Caldwell wants to, but (once again) is getting overruled. Thomas wasn't on the injury report this week, and even if he were the talk of 'draft bust' would still be relevant. Thomas was a walking band-aid at USC, and pretty much every pre-draft article written about him in 2010 had the words 'injury prone' in the evaluation column labeled 'negatives.'
Today's starting right tackle, Quinn Ojinnaka, was signed just last week. Tepper, who was signed off the practice squad last week, is out for reasons I don't know.
Side note: Remember the Colts decision to not re-sign Charlie Johnson and to cut Kyle DeVan? Yeah, looking pretty stupid right about now.
The Indy Star is also reporting that the Lucas Oil Stadium roof and end zone window are currently open and are expected to remain open for today's game.