With the Indianapolis Colts set to take on the Washington Redskins from Indianapolis in just over an hour, the pre game inactives are starting to come in. For the Colts, we now have the list of their seven inactive players, as the NFL has a game day roster of 46-men versus the 53-man roster for the rest of the week. That means that seven players from each team must be inactive each week, and this week for the Colts the list is made up of several injured players. Here's the full list of the inactives for the Colts:
TE Dwayne Allen
OL Xavier Nixon
OL Hugh Thornton
OLB Andy Studebaker
TE Weslye Saunders
OL Lance Louis
DL Zach Kerr
A few notes...
- We knew on Friday that Dwayne Allen (ankle), Xavier Nixon (foot), Hugh Thornton (knee), and Andy Studebaker (hamstring) would miss this game. All four are injured and were ruled out on the injury report on Friday.
- The Colts will have only two active tight ends for the game today as both Dwayne Allen and Weslye Saunders are inactive. The only active players at the position will be Coby Fleener and Jack Doyle.
- The Colts are a bit thin along the offensive line, and as such Khaled Holmes is active for the first time in a while. He is one of the two backup offensive linemen for the Colts along with A.Q. Shipley. Xavier Nixon and Hugh Thornton are injured inactives while Lance Louis is a healthy inactive. Joe Reitz will start at right guard, as expected.
- Cornerback Darius Butler and safety Colt Anderson, who were both listed as questionable for the game, are active. So for a team who had a lot of cornerback injuries this week, all of them are active today.
- Zach Kerr is inactive for the second straight week, which is a move that has many wondering what the Colts are doing. The easy answer is that with Arthur Jones back the Colts can have a healthy scratch along the defensive line, and that makes sense - that player has been Zach Kerr for the past two weeks. But let me ask who you'd rather have be inactive: Josh Chapman, who is the team's starting nose tackle? Art Jones, Ricky Jean Francois, or Montori Hughes? Cory Redding? None of those five players are ones who I would have inactive over Zach Kerr, so really the question is whether you want them to have six defensive linemen active. And given the injuries at other positions (and not the defensive line), that's a luxury they can't really afford right now.