The Indianapolis Colts sit at 3-5 at the halfway point of a disappointing 2016 season, and they have one more game remaining until their bye week.
That will be a much-needed rest for several injured players, but they’ve got to still face a tough Green Bay Packers team at Lambeau Field this Sunday. As the Colts took to the field for practice today, however, they were missing several key players.
Here’s today’s full participation report:
Did Not Practice:
Mike Adams, S (groin)
Vontae Davis, CB (concussion)
Denzelle Good, T/G (knee)
T.Y. Hilton, WR (hamstring)
Kendall Langford, DE (knee)
Jack Mewhort, T/G (tricep)
Joe Reitz, T (concussion)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Frank Gore, RB (rest)
Dwayne Allen, TE (ankle)
Henry Anderson, DT (knee)
Curt Maggitt, OLB (ankle)
Chester Rogers, WR (hamstring and foot)
The obvious concern is the number of injured guys who missed practice today, and not just the number of them but the value of them as well. Among those sitting out were Pro Bowlers Mike Adams, Vontae Davis, and T.Y. Hilton, as well as three starting offensive linemen (Denzelle Good, Joe Reitz, Jack Mewhort) and a starting defensive lineman (Kendall Langford). That’s not good, and if you extend it to the guys who were limited you add in another starting defensive lineman (Henry Anderson) and a starting tight end (Dwayne Allen). So the Colts are certainly dealing with quite a few injury situations this week.
At this point, it’s uncertain who will return to action this weekend, as we typically see longer participation lists on Wednesdays. So it’s certainly possible that some of these guys could be back by this Sunday, but we just don’t have enough information whatsoever to know for sure. On the one hand, the Colts could think that with a bye week next week they could play a guy and then he’d have another two weeks to recover, but on the flip side they could decide to be more cautious to give the player a much longer recovery period. It remains to be seen how they will handle it.
One important thing to note from who’s not on the injury report today is that Philip Dorsett was a full participant and didn’t appear on the injury report at all, which is a good sign. We hadn’t gotten an update yet on his status after he was injured on the Hail Mary attempt at the end of Sunday’s game, but that plus his absence on the injury report means that he’s probably fine and should be ready to go Sunday for sure. The same is true of Donte Moncrief, who also doesn’t appear on the report after his first game back, meaning there doesn’t seem to be any lingering affects from his return.