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The Indianapolis Colts returned to the practice field on Friday to continue preparations for their home opener against the New York Jets on Monday night, but there were a handful of players who didn't take the field for practice, and the status of those injured players for Monday's game is certainly something of a question mark. Here's today's full injury report, followed by some notes:
Did Not Practice:
Greg Toler, CB (neck)
D'Joun Smith, CB (knee)
Darius Butler, CB (hip)
T.Y. Hilton, WR (knee)
Robert Mathis, OLB (Achilles)
Bjoern Werner, OLB (knee)
Todd Herremans, OL (shoulder)
D'Qwell Jackson, ILB (toe)
The most notable part of the injury report is that, for the second straight day, the Colts were without three of their cornerbacks (out of six on the roster total). Greg Toler, Darius Butler, and D'Joun Smith all missed practice both Thursday and Friday, and while they have an extra day to get ready with it being a Monday game and another practice on Saturday, it's certainly a question mark worth watching. Currently, only Vontae Davis, Jalil Brown, and Sheldon Price are healthy for the Colts at cornerback, and while Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets don't exactly provide a huge test in the passing game, that might change if the Colts don't have anyone to cover the receivers (thankfully, Vontae Davis is healthy!).
UPDATE: The Colts have placed D'Joun Smith on injured reserve with the designation to return and signed cornerback Eric Patterson to the active roster, giving them another healthy body.
Also missing practice today was wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, the second straight day that the wideout has missed practice. Head coach Chuck Pagano said yesterday that he has "a lot" of optimism that Hilton will play while Hilton said that he'll be a game-time decision, but I still wouldn't count on him playing. Hopefully he'll be able to, but I'm not nearly as optimistic as the Colts are.
Pagano also talked yesterday about Mathis' status for the upcoming game. "We're still playing it by ear," Pagano said. "I'd love to be able to give you a definitive answer on it. He's doing really well. He's practicing well. He feels good. No residual effects the next day, post-practice and things like that so he's doing well."
The only changes on today's injury report were that Todd Herremans and D'Qwell Jackson, who were both limited yesterday, were full participants today, while Bjoern Werner appeared on the report for the first time this week as he was limited with a knee injury.