The Indianapolis Colts will be without starting safety Mike Adams when they take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, as head coach Chuck Pagano announced that Adams has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, while backup safety Clayton Geathers is doubtful with a knee injury.
Both Adams and Geathers were injured in last week's loss to the New England Patriots. In place of Adams, Colt Anderson will start for the Colts at safety alongside Dwight Lowery. Anderson stepped in last week once the two safeties (Adams and Geathers) went out, and he has experience in the NFL. He is primarily a special teams player, as he hasn't started a game since 2012 while with the Eagles, but he is capable of stepping in and playing when need be, like this Sunday.
This will be the first game missed by Adams since signing with the Colts as a free agent before the 2013 season, as he has started 22 games in a row. He immediately provided a solid and reliable player in the secondary, and during his time with the Colts he has recorded 118 tackles, 16 passes defensed, nine interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He made the Pro Bowl last year and was tied for the NFL lead in turnovers with seven, and this year he already has picked off two passes and was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in week five. Last week, he intercepted Tom Brady and returned it for a touchdown.
The injuries at safety was the reason that the Colts signed Dewey McDonald from the practice squad to the active roster earlier this week, as if Geathers can't go either they would then have Dwight Lowery, Colt Anderson, Winston Guy, and Dewey McDonald at the position. What is it with the secondary and injuries this year?
The good news is that it sounds like everybody else might be ready to go, which includes inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who has been dealing with a groin injury.