Jeff Linkenbach, OG (quad)
Sergio Brown, S (groin)
Joe Reitz, OG (concussion)
Montori Hughes, DE (knee)
T.Y. Hilton, WR (shoulder)
Hugh Thornton, OG (neck)
Ten players did not participate in practice on Thursday. Ten! According to the NFL, via
Stephen Holder Mike Chappell at the Indy Star, the Colts have used a league-high 71 players this season. It seems we make a post every year about how the Colts always have to make due with a staggering amount of player injuries.
Side note: The training and medical staff for the Colts probably need to be re-evaluated this offseason. Seriously re-evaluated.
One name not on these list is Greg Toler, the cornerback the Colts had for the first seven weeks of the season, but has missed the seven weeks since because of a groin injury he suffered against the Broncos. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that's one helluva groin injury. Maybe Toler needed his old one replaced.
If this were the old days, I'd swear Bill Polian were inventing or exaggerating these numerous Week 16 injuries just as an excuse to rest people. However, since this front office is run by Ryan Grigson, and since he does not dictate to his coaches who does and does not play (as Polian once did), you have to believe all these injuries are legit.
If Reitz, Linkenbach, and Thornton cannot play, it means Samson Satele will have to start at center while Mike McGlynn is, once again, shifted over to guard. McGlynn has struggled at guard all season, but has played much better at center when Satele has missed games due to injury.
Satele has struggled, period.
Pagano: Asked about the offensive line. "We're in great shape. Awesome.'— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) December 20, 2013
Um, no you aren't, Coach Pagano. Appreciate the optimism though.