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Tuesday is normally an off day for NFL players, but because of the fact that the Indianapolis Colts play this Thursday night against the Houston Texans, they were back on the field for the second practice of the week already.
Of course, the Colts are taking things easy this week, as they'll be playing two games in a five day span, and therefore their practices are not rigorous or too tough. They are also playing things safe when it comes to injuries, as normally players would have until Wednesday before getting back on the field after a Sunday game but now have to be back out there on Monday and Tuesday. You start to get an idea of why players hate the Thursday games when seeing that side of things, and that's a factor in why there are a number of players who have missed practice for the Colts so far this week.
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)
Tyler Varga, RB (concussion)
Bjoern Werner, OLB (hamstring)
Mike Adams, S (neck)
Matt Hasselbeck, QB (illness)
Andrew Luck, QB (shoulder)
Dwayne Allen, TE (ankle)
Greg Toler, CB (neck)
Frank Gore, RB (foot)
Kendall Langford, DL (back)
We're continuing to keep an eye on the Andrew Luck situation, as he was limited again today but took the majority of the reps since Matt Hasselbeck was out with an illness. His status for the game is still uncertain, but the Colts are sounding pretty confident that he will play this Thursday.
It still appears as if Dwayne Allen and Greg Toler are ready to go, as they were full participants once again today, and then Frank Gore and Kendall Langford both returned to practice as full participants today after missing yesterday. The two new additions to the injury report today were safety Mike Adams, who has a neck injury, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is sick.
As for the players who didn't practice, Chuck Pagano noted that any time someone misses two days of practice, particularly on a short week, there's reason for concern. He was talking specifically regarding Vontae Davis' status for the game, but it could apply to them all - it's never a great sign when a player misses a couple of days of practice, which several of these players have. It's entirely possible that the Colts could be without a handful of them on Thursday night.