I was off yesterday with it being Christmas, but the Indianapolis Colts released their final injury report of the week in advance of Sunday's matchup against the Miami Dolphins. The only two players ruled out are quarterback Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney) and safety Winston Guy (hamstring/shoulder), while wide receiver Donte Moncrief (toe), safety Colt Anderson (ankle), and inside linebacker Josh McNary (groin) are questionable. That leaves tight end Jack Doyle (toe), inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (back/ribs), inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (quad), and outside linebacker Erik Walden (foot) probable for the game.
Of course, we knew that Luck would not play this week (as Chuck Pagano said so on Monday), which leaves his status for next week's regular season finale in doubt. All week the Colts said that Matt Hasselbeck would start, as head coach Chuck Pagano went to his quarterback and gave him the green light to not play, but Hasselbeck turned down the offer and will play. He's incredibly beat up, dealign with back, rib, and jaw injuries, plus the normal wear and tear that comes with an NFL season on a 40-year old body. But he will make his eighth start of the season on SUnday against the Dolphins (his sixth start in a row).
Also of note is that Donte Moncrief is questionable. He was also listed as questionable last week but played and caught a touchdown, so we'll see whether he's able to give it a go this week as well. It would certainly help Hasselbeck by giving him one of his most dangerous receivers.
The other player ruled out for this Sunday's game besides for Andrew Luck is safety Winston Guy, and that loss could have an impact on the special teams coverage. The Colts have made a few moves in recent weeks in an attempt to improve their coverage units, however, so hopefully the absence of Guy isn't as noticeable as it has been before.