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It's not a normal week for the Indianapolis Colts, due to the fact that they are playing on Monday Night Football this weekend. They had no availability on either Tuesday or Wednesday, but they returned to practice today and will also practice on Friday and Saturday in advance of Monday's game.
With that being the case, today's injury report is the first one of the week for the Colts, and several key players appeared on the list, including four players who missed practice. Here's the full injury report:
Did Not Practice:
Greg Toler, CB (neck)
D'Joun Smith, CB (knee)
Darius Butler, CB (hip)
T.Y. Hilton, WR (knee)
Todd Herremans, OL (shoulder)
Robert Mathis, OLB (Achilles)
D'Qwell Jackson, ILB (toe)
You'll notice that four starters (and up to six, depending on how you categorize Robert Mathis and Darius Butler) appear on the injury report today. Of note are the players who didn't practice, including three of the team's six cornerbacks on the active roster. Greg Toler seems to be making progress but was again described today by head coach Chuck Pagano as "week to week," which would seem to indicate that he's still facing missed time. Darius Butler, who started in place of Toler (and is a good slot corner) also missed practice with an injury, as did the player who would likely be next in line to start if Toler and Butler couldn't go, D'Joun Smith - the rookie who also missed last week's game. The only three corners who practiced today were Vontae Davis, Jalil Brown, and Sheldon Price. So we'll definitely be keeping an eye on this injury situation, but one thing I think we can assume based on the injuries: we'll likely see Vontae Davis shadow Brandon Marshall on Sunday. With Toler still not back yet and Butler and Smith also hurt (plus likely not being up to the task even if healthy, either), I think it's safe to assume we'll see Davis shadow Marshall.
Furthermore, T.Y. Hilton missed practice with his knee injury. Pagano said today that he has "a lot" of optimism that Hilton will play, while Hilton described it as a gametime decision. I'm still rather skeptical that Hilton will actually play on Monday night, but the Colts sure seem to think there's a chance of it happening, so we'll see.
Lastly, I think this Monday could see the return of Robert Mathis after his recovery from a torn Achilles over a year ago. He was a gametime decision last week but ultimately was inactive, but it seems more likely that he will play this week. The Colts are keeping him on roughly the same routine in practice this week, so we'll have to wait and see whether he can go on Monday night in a limited role. Hopefully that will be the case.