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We're only a couple of days away from the Colts taking on the Titans in the first AFC South matchup of the season, and the Colts are surely thankful for a short week so they can get on the field again after another ugly loss Monday night that dropped the team to 0-2 on the year.
This weekend is an important game for the Colts, both in order to get on the winning track and to get an early advantage toward winning the division - which, after all, is the best way to make the playoffs. The Titans are an improved team with Marcus Mariota at quarterback, however, and so the Colts could be in for a challenging road game. Let's take a look at Thursday's practice report for the Colts to get an idea of who might not be available for the game:
Did Not Practice:
Dwayne Allen, TE (ankle)
Darius Butler, CB (hip)
D'Qwell Jackson, ILB (rest)
Bjoern Werner, OLB (rest)
Robert Mathis, OLB (Achilles)
Greg Toler, CB (neck)
Lance Louis, G (shoulder)
Trent Cole, OLB (knee)
Jonathan Newsome, OLB (hamstring)
Vontae Davis, CB (concussion)
Andre Johnson, WR (rest Wednesday)
Only two players have missed practice both days this week - tight end Dwayne Allen and cornerback Darius Butler. We will find out more tomorrow, but that typically isn't a great sign. There is actually quite a bit of good news on today's injury report, however, as the only other two players who missed were both due to rest (cue the "why does Bjoern Werner need a rest day in the first place?" jokes). Vontae Davis returned to being a full participant in practice today as he passed the concussion protocol and has been cleared to play, meaning he will go this Sunday. Greg Toler was a limited participant for the second straight day, and while his status for this Sunday's game is still uncertain, it's nonetheless a great sign that he's back on the practice field in at least some capacity. Lance Louis did not participate in practice yesterday but was back on the field in a limited role today, which means that he's trending in the right direction (even if fans want him benched, it's still better for him to be healthy). And then Andre Johnson was back at practice after a veteran's rest day on Wednesday.
The only new addition to today's injury report that was actually for an injury (and not just for rest) was outside linebacker Trent Cole, who was limited today with a knee injury. Often, this is just the team playing it safe with a veteran, but it's at least something to note and keep an eye on.