Today the Colts concluded their final day of media availability before they take on the New England Patriots this Sunday night, and with it comes the official injury report. The Colts have ruled out defensive lineman Arthur Jones (ankle) and listed offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus (groin) as questionable for the game. Linebackers Victor Butler (hamstring), Josh McNary (ankle), Henoc Muamba (toe), and Erik Walden (quad) were all full participants in practice today and are listed as probable - as is Reggie Wayne, though the only reason he's on the injury report is because of a rest day on Wednesday.
Jones will miss his seventh game of the season this week with the ankle injury that he suffered in week two against the Eagles. He attempted to return in week eight against the Steelers but was clearly not 100% and it was learned that he reinsured the ankle, an injury he's still recovering from. Interestingly, the Colts are 6-0 in games without Jones and 0-3 in games with Jones this year. It's important to note that I really don't think that has much to do with Jones whatsoever, but it's an interesting note at least. In his place, Ricky Jean Francois will continue to start, and RJF has had a very strong season. The Colts won't miss Jones that much because they haven't really even gotten used to playing with him this year due to the injury.
Gosder Cherilus has started all 25 games with the Colts at right tackle since signing in free agency last offseason, and in 2013 he was a very solid right tackle. This year, however, he has been anything but and has been the biggest weakness along the line, consistently playing poorly. He was a full participant in practice today but missed each of the last two days. Chuck Pagano, however, said that he will play on Sunday night. Either Joe Reitz or Xavier Nixon would step in if he can't, but according to Pagano the right tackle will play.
The only other starter on the injury report (besides Reggie for rest) is Erik Walden, but he's listed as probable. He missed the game against the Giants but since then has had the bye week to rest up. He's listed as probable and he will play. His return to the lineup should help, but hopefully the Colts continue to get Jonathan Newsome playing time - especially in pass rush situations.
Ultimately, it's good injury news for the Colts. Only one player was ruled out due to injury and it sounds like everyone else will play. Considering the fact that Arthur Jones missing was pretty much expected, there's no real surprises and that's a good thing. The Colts will be near full strength come Sunday night.