The injury situation coming out of Sunday night’s embarassing loss for the Colts isn’t good. Head coach Chuck Pagano said today that defensive lineman Henry Anderson (knee), tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle), and outside linebacker Curt Maggitt (ankle) are all week-to-week.
In addition, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) is day-to-day. And of course, the Colts yesterday placed wide receiver Quan Bray on injured reserve, and Pagano revealed today that the reason was that he suffered a fractured ankle.
So the injury news isn’t encouraging. Anderson, Allen, and Maggitt will all miss time, as that’s what the week-to-week designation means for the Colts. Anderson was able to return to Sunday’s game after the injury, but obviously it’s a significant one. It is worth noting that the Colts said on Sunday night that it’s his left knee, which is not the same knee in which he suffered a torn ACL last year. And as for Allen, Pagano said that it’s a sprain, though it’s unclear just how much time he’ll miss. One of the big things to pay attention to with Allen is how he’ll do upon returning from injury, as in the past we’ve seen injuries linger with him and affect him long after he actually returns to the field - so that’s something to watch.
In the meantime, the Colts will be relying on several other guys to step up. They’ll really need Arthur Jones, Hassan Ridgeway, and T.Y. McGill to step up along the defensive line with Anderson now out, and it makes the status of Zach Kerr even more important. Pagano said today that Kerr will hopefully be back at practice today in doing some individual work and then he’ll go from there, so it sounds like there may be a chance he’ll be back this week, though not certain. At tight end, Jack Doyle is now the clear starter, with Erik Swoope and Chase Coffman backing him up. And then at outside linebacker, the Colts are really just trying to find anyone who can contribute, so they’ll continue to do just that - just now without Maggitt in the picture for the time being. As for Dorsett, hopefully he’ll be able to return this week, as without him the Colts will be very thin at wide receiver - with just T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers, Devin Street, and Tevaun Smith.