The Indianapolis Colts return home today to take on the Tamp Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Both teams will be looking to add to their playoff resume, as the Colts will look to stay atop the AFC South and the Buccaneers will look to keep up their pursuit of one of the wild card spots (they are currently the seventh seed).
As is the case every week, however, before the game takes place both teams must list seven players as inactive, so let's take a look at those players who won't play today for the Colts:
Andrew Luck, QB (kidney/abdomen)
Phillip Dorsett, WR (ankle)
Mike Adams, S (ankle)
Sio Moore, ILB
Anthony Castonzo, OL (knee)
Todd Herremans, OL
Bjoern Werner, OLB
Several of these inactives were fully expected, as quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, and left tackle Anthony Castonzo were all ruled out on Friday with injuries and are week-to-week. Safety Mike Adams, who missed last week's game, was listed as doubtful, so it's no surprise that he won't play either. In his place, Clayton Geathers will likely make his second career start (and second in a row) after playing well last week. As for left tackle, it's likely that Joe Reitz will slide to that spot, and it very well could be rookie Denzelle Good making his first career start at right tackle. We'll have to see what the Colts decide to do, but that could be the most likely possibility.
Along those lines, it's notable that Todd Herremans is inactive again despite the shake-up and injuries along the offensive line. It's hard to believe that he actually entered the season as a starter, as he has been inactive in a number of games recently and hasn't played much of a role at all since week two. The fact that the Colts don't even have him active today despite the questions along the offensive line should tell you everything you need to know. As if it wasn't already clear, the signing of Todd Herremans was a massive bust for the Colts.
And speaking of busts, Bjoern Werner is inactive for the second straight week. The team's first round pick in 2013, he hasn't produced at a level close to what the Colts expected, and it's clear that the Colts are finally giving up on him. With a 34-year old Robert Mathis, an ineffective Trent Cole, and an invisible Jonathan Newsome, now would be the time to see if Bjoern Werner can give you anything if you still had hope for him. The fact that he has been inactive for the past two weeks is as clear of a sign as any that the Colts are moving on.
Here's a list of the Buccaneers' inactives for this afternoon's game against the Colts:
#Bucs Inactives #4 QB R. Griffin #17 WR D. Dye #37 S K. Tandy #59 DE K. Brown #74 G A. Marpet #87 TE A. Seferian-Jenkins #94 DE G. Johnson— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) November 29, 2015