The Colts returned to practice on Wednesday to prepare for their season finale this Sunday at home against the Jaguars.
The game doesn’t mean anything when it comes to the playoff picture, as the Colts and Jaguars are both eliminated. But both teams are still going to play to win, because there’s pride on the line in this division series.
The good news for the Colts is that their 53-man roster is, for the most part, pretty healthy. That doesn’t mean there aren’t injury situations to note, however, as three players sat out of practice today for injury reasons. Cornerback Darius Butler is still in the concussion protocol and didn’t practice today. In order for him to be able to play Sunday, he’s going to need to clear all of the phases of the protocol. Wide receiver Donte Moncrief missed practice today with a shoulder injury, while cornerback Rashaan Melvin sat out with a knee injury.
The knee injury also bothered Melvin last week as he was limited on Wednesday, and this week he sat out Wednesday’s practice (though he played in the game on Saturday). Moncrief suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday’s loss to the Raiders, but it’s the same shoulder he injured earlier this year that caused him to miss several games. His status for this weekend is uncertain, but there’s no reason to rush him back too soon for a ‘meaningless’ game like this one.
The only other injury situation in practice today was that outside linebacker Chris Carter was limited with a shoulder injury, the same injury that kept him out of practice last week and out of Saturday’s game. So just the fact that he was a limited participant is a good sign.
Here’s the full injury report for the Colts:
Did Not Practice:
Darius Butler, CB (concussion)
Rashaan Melvin, CB (knee)
Donte Moncrief, WR (shoulder)
Mike Adams, S (rest)
Vontae Davis, CB (rest)
Frank Gore, RB (rest)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Chris Carter, OLB (shoulder)