The Indianapolis Colts have ruled out three players for their game on Monday night against the New York Jets. Safety Clayton Geathers (neck), outside linebacker Robert Mathis (bicep), and cornerback Patrick Robinson (groin) will not play.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (back) is listed as questionable, but he practiced in full on Friday and Saturday after sitting out on Thursday, so it seems likely he should be ready to go. Defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (back) and right guard Denzelle Good (shoulder) are also listed as questionable, but they were both full participants in today’s practice (and Good was a full participant on Thursday and Friday, too). Perhaps just as notable as the guys who are out are the guys who will play, as quarterback Andrew Luck, cornerback Vontae Davis, and center Ryan Kelly are all good to go and will play. The fact that those guys are going to play is just as significant (and even more so) than the fact that Geathers, Mathis, and Robinson won’t be playing.
That’s not to say that they’re not big losses, though. The Colts will be without Geathers for the second straight game, meaning they’ll be down a starting safety. It will likely be T.J. Green filling in alongside Mike Adams, though it’s possible that we’ll see Darius Butler get some reps there too. The Colts might need Butler at cornerback with Patrick Robinson out, however, as it will likely be Rashaan Melvin starting on the outside opposite of Vontae Davis and Butler in the slot. With Mathis out the Colts won’t really notice much of a dropoff since Mathis has struggled to get after the quarterback consistently this year, but it will be interesting to watch one of his replacements in Trent Cole. Cole will be playing in his first game since week three, as he’s been on injured reserve since then before being activated this week after being designated as the team’s return player.