The Indianapolis Colts are very healthy this week along the offensive line, as they have everyone healthy for the first time in quite a while. As such it was going to be interesting to see what starting lineup the team went with, and it turns out that the one they went with was the logical choice.
Joe Haeg got the start at right tackle over Joe Reitz, while Denzelle Good remained at right guard. Jack Mewhort is back at left guard now that he’s healthy, and then of course Anthony Castonzo is at left tackle and Ryan Kelly is at center.
Though it may be hard to believe, that lineup is actually the one the Colts have used most commonly this season. It’s the third time we’ve seen this lineup, which is more than we’ve seen any other combination this season. The Colts had actually made the switch to Haeg over Reitz as their right tackle earlier this year. Haeg made his first start in week two at right guard, and then the following week started at right tackle as Reitz was out. When Reitz returned healthy, however, Haeg stayed in the starting lineup at right tackle until Jack Mewhort’s injury - at which point Haeg shifted to left guard and Reitz started at right tackle. Got all that?
Basically, the Colts have made the decision to keep Joe Haeg as their starting right tackle over Joe Reitz, which is something they did earlier this year before injuries started to hit. Reitz is healthy and recovered from his concussion, but it’s still Joe Haeg starting. The Colts have been impressed with the rookie, and that means he’ll keep getting playing time. I highly doubt the offensive line shuffling is done this year, but with everyone finally healthy it’s interesting to pay attention to what the starting lineup is.