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Colts inactives vs. Texans include several injured starters

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It’s gameday of the biggest game of the season for the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, as the two teams meet with matching 6-6 records, making the stakes for this one first place in the AFC South with three weeks left.

For the Colts, the guys who won’t play shouldn’t be surprising whatsoever. On Friday, the Colts ruled out five players with injuries, giving them five of their seven inactives. The injured guys who will miss the game are significant, however, as they’ll be down a starting cornerback (Patrick Robinson), a starting safety (Clayton Geathers), a starting offensive lineman (Denzelle Good), a starting outside linebacker (Robert Mathis), and a key defensive lineman (Zach Kerr). That’s all in addition to the loss of a starting inside linebacker in D’Qwell Jackson, who was suspended by the NFL this week for violating the NFL’s PED policy. So that’s five starters and another key player that won’t be playing for the Colts today, which isn’t great.

The Texans will also be down a starter, however, as starting cornerback Jonathan Joseph won’t play.

Here’s the full list of inactives for Indianapolis:

Patrick Robinson, CB (groin)

Clayton Geathers, S (neck)

Austin Blythe, OL

Denzelle Good, OL (concussion)

Zach Kerr, DL (concussion)

Lavar Edwards, OLB

Robert Mathis, OLB (bicep)