The Indianapolis Colts returned to the practice field this afternoon to begin preparations for their game against the Chicago Bears this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
It will be a battle of 1-3 teams as the teams look to try to claw their way out of the holes they’ve dug for themselves in their division races. It’s an important game for the Colts because they need to get a win heading into a crucial Sunday Night Football game against the division-leading Houston Texans in week six.
So as the Colts returned to the field today, it’s important to take a look at who wasn’t on the field and who appeared on the injury report:
Did Not Practice:
Frank Gore, RB (chest)
Jonotthan Harrison, OL (illness)
Donte Moncrief, WR (shoulder)
Erik Walden, OLB (chest)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Darius Butler, CB (hamstring)
Denzelle Good, OL (back)
Joe Reitz, OL (back)
The new additions to the injury report so far this week are running back Frank Gore and outside linebacker Erik Walden, who both missed practice today with chest injuries. We don’t know anything about those injuries, so it’s best to assume that they should be able to play this week.
As for the other players who missed practice for injury reasons (not including Robert Mathis, who got a rest day), Jonotthan Harrison has already been ruled out for the game after his emergency appendectomy last week, while Donte Moncrief is still week to week and also won’t play.
The good news is that the Colts got three key guys back at practice today. Denzelle Good and Joe Reitz (who both missed last week’s game with back injuries) were both limited participants, as was cornerback Darius Butler. Good and Reitz are obviously significant becasue they are two starters and with Harrison also ruled out, the Colts would ideally like to avoid a starting lineup featuring Austin Blythe at guard again. And with the release of Antonio Cromartie yesterday, Darius Butler could become more important to the cornerback picture, joining Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris as the depth cornerbacks. We don’t know the game status of any of those three yet, but it’s a good sign that they were all back at practice today, even if on a limited basis.