The big news surrounding the Colts is obviously all about quarterback Andrew Luck, who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s win and is now in the protocol. It’s easy to understand why that’s the big deal, but there are some other injury situations worth paying attention to for the Colts.
The team held a rare Monday practice this week due to them playing on Thursday night, and that also means that they put out the even rarer Monday injury report. In addition to Luck, cornerback Vontae Davis, safety Clayton Geathers, and cornerback Rashaan Melvin all missed practice, while Robert Mathis received a rest day. That’s a group that includes some key defenders, and on a short week all injury situations become more interesting.
Against the Steelers dangerous offensive attack, it will be important for the Colts to have their corners at full health, which is why the Davis and Melvin injuries are key. Head coach Chuck Pagano said today that they held Davis out for precautionary reasons with his ankle, however, and he added that Melvin received a rest day with a lower back injury. Safety Clayton Geathers, who had a standout performance on Sunday, is in a similar situation to Luck as he is in the concussion protocol - meaning that it’s also unlikely that he will be able to go on a short week.
The good news injury-wise is that Patrick Robinson, who missed Sunday’s game after tweaking his groin in practice last week, was a full participant in practice today - which is a great sign. Now the focus shifts to the health of some of the other members of the secondary as the Colts prepare to face Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense.
Here’s the full participation report for the Colts from Monday’s practice:
Did Not Practice:
Vontae Davis, CB (ankle)
Clayton Geathers, S (concussion)
Andrew Luck, QB (concussion)
Rashaan Melvin, CB (back)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Art Jones, DT (knee and ankle)
Patrick Robinson, CB (groin)