Just one day after taking the field for their overtime win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts were back on the practice field for rare work on a Monday. Since they play this Thursday night against the Houston Texans, the Colts had to get back out on the practice field today, something that rarely happens on Mondays during the season.
Of course, it was a very light practice, with players not even wearing helmets or pads but rather simply working out in shorts. After all, they just took a beating by playing in an NFL game yesterday and will play another game on Thursday night, so the Colts can't go too hard in practice this week.
That's also the reason why you'll see more players on today's injury report. Some are legitimate injuries, and with it being a short week anyone on the injury report could be in question for Thursday's game, but at the same time some of them are simply players getting a rest after playing yesterday.
Here's today's full practice report for the Colts:
Did Not Practice:
Henry Anderson, DT (foot)
Jalil Brown, CB (groin)
Vontae Davis, CB (foot)
Jerrell Freeman, ILB (groin)
Frank Gore, RB (foot)
Kendall Langford, DE (back)
Tyler Varga, RB (concussion)
Bjoern Werner, OLB (hamstring)
Andrew Luck, QB (shoulder)
Dwayne Allen, TE (ankle)
Greg Toler, CB (neck)
Of course, the biggest thing that we're keeping an eye on is the status of quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed the first game of his NFL career this past weekend. Luck was limited again today, but it's growing more and more likely that he will play this Thursday. The Colts expect him to be out there, and while it's not a certainty yet, it seems like that is the plan. Head coach Chuck Pagano said that Luck is day to day with a "sore shoulder" but is trending in the right direction (he wouldn't give many more details than that).
One of the biggest tidbits, however, is that Greg Toler is ready to go and will be on the field this Thursday - which is huge for the Colts. He allows the defense to do what they do best, with Vontae Davis and Greg Toler on the outside and Darius Butler in the slot.
Tight end Dwayne Allen also should be back on Thursday, as he said the only thing keeping him out of Sunday's game was "doctor's approval," as he was able to run last week and should be ready for this week's game against Houston.
Also notable was that guys like Henry Anderson, Frank Gore, and Jerrell Freeman were all out today, but Pagano says that they are "day to day." Of course, with the Colts that doesn't mean much and it still could mean that they miss a game, but it just means that it's not considered a serious injury.
"Week to week," on the other hand, does convey a more significant injury, and both Bjoern Werner and Jalil Brown were described as such by Pagnao. With the Colts, this means that the player will miss several weeks due to the injury - for example, Greg Toler was week to week with his neck injury that kept him out for the first four weeks of the regular season (and part of preseason), while Hugh Thornton was week to week with his knee injury that kept him out for much of the preseason. So it sounds like we won't be seeing either Bjoern Werner or Jalil Brown anytime soon for the Colts.