The Indianapolis Colts are back on the practice field this morning following their game last Thursday, and the biggest news is that quarterback Andrew Luck is also back to work.
To be clear, that does not neccessarily mean that Luck has cleared the concussion protocol completely, but it does mean that he has been cleared to return to practice, which means he’s progressing along well in the protocol. We hopefully should get a better update on Luck’s status later today, but the fact that he’s back to practice is a great sign regarding his availability for Monday’s game against the Jets.
Luck isn’t the only Colts player back at practice today, however. Center Ryan Kelly, who left Thursday’s game after one drive with a shoulder injury, is practicing. Safety Clayton Geathers, who is also in the concussion protocol, is back at practice in a red jersey, meaning he has been cleared for non-contact work in practice. Not everyone is back, though, as wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (lower back), cornerback Patrick Robinson (groin?), right guard Denzelle Good (shoulder), and outside linebacker Robert Mathis (elbow) aren’t working. Also, there’s no sign yet during the open portion of practice of cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle/groin), so he might not be working either.
Hopefully we’ll get an update on some of these injuries later, but with the team not playing for another week there’s still time for guys to get healthy. So the Colts could be taking it easy with players today if they’re still not healthy, deciding that today’s practice is definitely not crucial to Monday’s game and that it’s more important they get healthy. On a long week like this, perhaps the Colts are being cautious. But it’s good news that Luck, Kelly, and Geathers are back, and hopefully the team will get some of the other injured guys back this week too.