The Indianapolis Colts returned to the practice field today to begin preparation for the divisional matchup this weekend against the Houston Texans, though not every player participated in practice today. Seven Colts did not practice at all and another was limited. Let's take a look at the first injury report of the week for the Colts:
Did Not Practice:
Mike Adams, S (back)
Sergio Brown, S (illness)
D'Qwell Jackson, LB (ribs)
LaRon Landry, S (illness)
Joe Reitz, OL (ankle)
Hugh Thornton, OL (knee)
Erik Walden, OLB (knee)
Vontae Davis, CB (concussion)
Xavier Nixon, OL (foot)
Andy Studebaker, LB (hamstring)
A few notes on the injury report:
- It's interesting to note that wide receiver Reggie Wayne doesn't appear on this week's injury report yet. He typically gets a veteran's rest day on Wednesday, but today he was out there practicing. "We're just trying different things with Reg," head coach Chuck Pagano said after practice. "Usually today's his rest day, so we're trying something just a little bit different with him. Going to work today and tomorrow and see how he feels. Then he might get a rest day later in the week." I wonder if the change in the routine has anything to do with the attention that has recently been placed on Reggie's torn triceps?
- An encouraging sign is that Vontae Davis was practicing today, though in a red jersey as he still goes through the concussion protocol. Pagano expects him back at practice tomorrow, and this is a sign that perhaps he's close to returning.
- Erik Walden and Mike Adams both missed practice time last week and again today, though both of them played on Sunday.
- Because of Adams missing with a back injury and LaRon Landry and Sergio Brown missing with an illness, the three main safeties that the Colts have were all missing from practice today.
- Hugh Thornton and Joe Reitz were both characterized by Pagano as being day-to-day, which means that neither is expected to miss extended time (or in Thornton's case, more extended time). We still don't know whether they'll play on Sunday, but the injuries don't appear serious.
- Xavier Nixon and Andy Studebaker, who have both missed the last two games, were both full participants in practice today, which is a great sign.