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Colts safety Clayton Geathers week-to-week with neck injury

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After clearing the concussion protocol last week, safety Clayton Geathers still missed Monday night’s game due to a neck injury. Head coach Chuck Pagano updated that injury today, saying that it’s a week-to-week thing.

In other injury news, Pagano said that right guard Denzelle Good, defensive lineman Zach Kerr, and outside linebacker Curt Maggitt are all in the concussion protocol. He said that outside linebacker Robert Mathis (bicep) is day-to-day, while cornerback Patrick Robinson (groin) is progressing well.

The big injury situation is obviously regarding Clayton Geathers, as he will likely miss extended time with his neck injury. For the Colts, week-to-week means that a player will miss time, but we don’t know exactly how long Geathers will be out. It does very likely mean that he won’t be available for this Sunday’s huge game against the Texans, however, which is a big loss. It’s an even bigger loss due to the suspension of D’Qwell Jackson, as the Colts likely would have used Geathers as a linebacker more. But it’s unlikely he’ll be available this week, so we’ll have to see when he can get back.

Regarding the other injuries, the Colts are dealing with a number of concussions. Denzelle Good, D’Qwell Jackson, Zach Kerr, and Curt Maggitt all suffered concussions in the win over the Jets. Pagano mentioend the Good and Jackson concussions after the game, but it turns out that Kerr and Maggitt later reported concussion-like symptoms as well. As Colts fans know well by now, there’s a set protocol that a player must go through before returning to the field from a concussion, so it will be tough (but not impossible) for these guys to clear the protocol on a short week. It all really just depends on how they respond, which is different in each case.