The Indianapolis Colts will face the Jacksonville Jaguars this morning in London, but they’ll do so without two starting offensive linemen. Both right tackle Joe Reitz and right guard Denzelle Good were questionable for the game, and both were included among the Colts inactives this morning.
Here’s the full list of inactives for the Colts:
Donte Moncrief, WR (shoulder)
Darius Butler, CB (hamstring)
Denzelle Good, G (back)
Jonotthan Harrison, OL (illness)
Joe Reitz, T (back)
Devin Street, WR
T.Y. McGill, DL
Obviously, the absence of both Good and Reitz is a very notable development and a big hit for the Colts. Joe Haeg will be the first one to step in at one of the two positions, while it would have been Jonotthan Harrison next. But Harrison had an emergency appendectomy this week and is also out, meaning that it will likely be either Austin Blythe at guard with Haeg at tackle (the more likely option) or Le’Raven Clark at tackle with Haeg at guard. The Colts would then be left with just Blythe/Clark and the recently signed Jeremy Vujnovich as depth along the offensive line. So the Colts will be very thin up front today, and they’ll likely be starting three rookies - including one player who’s never started an NFL game before (either Blythe, Clark, or even Vujnovich).
In addition, you’ll notice that wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is active and will play. He was listed as questionable after being limited with an ankle injury in practice on Friday, but it sounds like he’s good to go. We’ll have to keep an eye on him to see whether he looks 100% or not, but the Colts really needed Dorsett to be able to play, so that’s good news.
Lastly, since many are once again asking, T.Y. McGill is inactive due to a numbers game. With Henry Anderson back, the Colts have five healthy defensive linemen ahead of McGill on the depth chart, so while he’s a good player it’s not totally surprising that he’s inactive.