As was obvious on Friday, Indianapolis Colts cornerback Patrick Robinson has indeed been ruled out for today’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
Robinson was listed as doubtful with a groin injury after not practicing all this week, making the question much more about why he wasn’t simply ruled out on Friday than about whether he would play or not. Basically, in the NFL “doubtful” means a guy won’t play.
So while Robinson being out is no surprise, the Colts did get some good news regarding their other cornerback, Vontae Davis. Davis was a late addition to the injury report as he was added on Saturday as questionable with an ankle injury, and since there wasn’t really any more information than that it wasn’t clear how serious the injury is. He’s active and will play today, but it bears watching how effective he is with the injury. With Robinson out, expect Rashaan Melvin to get a lot more reps, as well as Darius Butler.
The other player listed as questionable, defensive lineman Art Jones, is also active and will play. He was sent home Friday with an illness but Chuck Pagano expected him to play, which is exactly what will happen. With Kendall Langford still out and being placed on IR yesterday, the Colts will need Jones and others to step up along the defensive line. I’d imagine the starters up front will be Henry Anderson, David Parry, and Zach Kerr, while T.Y. McGill, Hassan Ridgeway, and Art Jones provide key depth. [UPDATE: According to the Herald Bulletin’s George Bremer, the Colts are making some lineup changes along their defensive line, starting Hassan Ridgeway at defensive end and Art Jones at defensive tackle).
Other than the players already mentioned, there’s not much of note from the inactives. Here’s the full list for Indianapolis:
Patrick Robinson, CB (groin)
Christopher Milton, CB
Deon King, LB
Le’Raven Clark, OL
Austin Blythe, OL
Devin Street, WR
Curt Maggitt, LB