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The Indianapolis Colts will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in Indianapolis, but they will be missing several key starters as they do so. Head coach Chuck Pagano today ruled out quarterback Andrew Luck (kidney/abdomen), left tackle Anthony Castonzo (knee), and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (ankle) for Sunday's game, while safety Mike Adams (ankle) is doubtful. Outside linebacker Erik Walden (foot) and cornerback Greg Toler (groin) are both questionable.
The fact that Luck, Castonzo, and Dorsett will miss Sunday's game should come as no surprise, as all three players are still described as week-to-week. Luck is still recovering from the lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle that he suffered against the Broncos, and it's still likely that a mid-December return will happen. In his place, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will make his second straight start and his fourth of the season. Castonzo was injured late in last Sunday's game against the Falcons and will miss his first game since his rookie season in 2011. It is unknown how the Colts will replace him, though they likely will move Joe Reitz to left tackle and insert either Denzelle Good or Jack Mewhort at right tackle. Lastly, Dorsett is still out after undergoing surgery on a fractured fibula several weeks ago.
Mike Adams didn't practice this week after missing last week's game with an ankle injury, so it would seem most probable that he won't play. He's not officially out, but doubtful isn't exactly a promising diagnosis. Assuming he can't play for the second straight week, it would likely be rookie Clayton Geathers making his second career start. Geathers played well last week and lived up to his reputation as a big hitter, and he has a lot of potential that the Colts can work with.
The status of two others starters, Erik Walden and Greg Toler, is also up in the air, but the most recent indications have been more positive. Still, we don't know whether they will play or not. It's possible that the Colts could be down five starters on Sunday, but it's likely that either Walden or Toler (or both) will be able to play.