The Indianapolis Colts have a lot of injuries at cornerback, and that's an understatement. Vontae Davis suffered a concussion last week, but he's cleared to play this Sunday. Greg Toler will miss his third straight game with a neck injury. Darius Butler will miss his second straight game with a hip injury. D'Joun Smith is currently on injured reserve with a designation to return. And while Jail Brown (and newly signed Josh Thomas) are healthy, Sheldon Price was injured in practice this week and didn't practice on Friday with an ankle injury. He was listed as questionable on the injury report today, but we now know he won't be playing. Mainly because he won't be on the roster.
The Colts re-signed Eric Patterson to the active roster from the practice squad, and to make room for him they waived/injured Sheldon Price. If Price clears waivers, he will revert to the team's injured reserve. It's unclear how severe his injury is, but if it's not too serious we could see another situation with a player getting waived from IR with an injury settlement. Of course, we really don't know any details on the injury, so we can't say for sure either way.
It has been quite the week for Eric Patterson. Last Friday, the Colts signed Patterson to the active roster from the practice squad because of injuries at cornerback after placing Smith on IR-DFR, and Patterson saw playing time on Monday against the Jets after starter Vontae Davis went out with an injury. Patterson was then waived on Tuesday as the Colts signed Josh Thomas at cornerback, and a day later Patterson was re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers. Now, on Friday, he has once again been elevated to the active roster because of injuries at cornerback. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Ball State during training camp.
Entering Sunday's game, the Colts will have Vontae Davis, Jalil Brown, Josh Thomas, and Eric Patterson at the cornerback position. One player is a star, one entered the season as the Colts' fifth cornerback, one was just signed this week, and another has gone back and forth between the active roster and the practice squad. It's not a very intimidating group for opposing offenses, but with the rash of injuries, it's just good to have four healthy players ready to take the field on Sunday at the position. And, of course, it makes Vontae Davis even more important than he already is, as the Colts need him to stay on the field and contribute.