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After a crazy couple of days, the Indianapolis Colts returned to the practice field on Wednesday - minus offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, of course, who was fired Tuesday evening. The Colts are on a short week after playing an overtime game on Monday night, but they have to turn things around quickly as the 7-0 Broncos come to town this Sunday.
The Colts will hopefully be at full strength for that game, but there are several injuries worth noting, especially with the short week and then with a bye week following this Sunday's game. Here was Wednesday's full injury report, followed by some comments:
Did Not Practice:
Phillip Dorsett, WR (ankle)
T.Y. Hilton, WR (foot)
Nate Irving, ILB (knee)
Vontae Davis, CB (rest)
D'Qwell Jackson, ILB (rest)
Andre Johnson, WR (rest)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Darius Butler, CB (foot)
Khaled Holmes, C (neck)
Andrew Luck, QB (ankle)
Winston Guy, S (shoulder)
There are a lot of players on the injury report today for sure (over 20% of the roster), but let's keep in mind that the Colts just played on Monday night, so they'll be taking things a bit easier on some of the injuries as well as giving some guys a rest day. So while it looks bad initially, it's probably not as bad as it seems.
There still are some injuries to keep an eye on, however. Firstly, Andrew Luck did indeed show up on today's injury report - though not for a rib injury. Instead it was for an ankle injury that he suffered during Monday night's loss. After going over two seasons without appearing on the injury report once, it's now the second injury this season that has landed him on the report (not to mention a reported rib injury that didn't). He's had a rough year all around.
T.Y. Hilton is another player to keep an eye on, as he missed today's practice with a foot injury. Head coach Chuck Pagano said today that Hilton is still being evaluated and that we should know more tomorrow, but according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport it is a foot sprain that will cause him to be day-to-day.
A good piece of injury news is that starting center Khaled Holmes was back in a limited role today after not practicing last week and missing Monday's game, so it's possible that we'll see the team's starting offensive line combination once again out there this Sunday against the Broncos' impressive pass rush.