The Indianapolis Colts are nearing the end of their offseason workout program, as they are in the final week of OTAs before a mandatory mini-camp next week. So far in OTAs, the team has dealt with a number of players sitting out as they rehab injuries, but today some of those players were back.
It's important to remember that the media only gets to watch practice once a week and so we can't know the whole picture when it comes to injuries at this time of year, but it's encouraging nonetheless to see some of the players return. According to CBS4's Mike Chappell, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett and offensive tackle Denzelle Good were both back at practice today. The Herald-Bulletin's George Bremer notes that wide receiver Quan Bray was back at practice as well.
Good and Bray have both been rehabbing injuries this offseason that have kept them out of each OTA session the media has been able to see, while Phillip Dorsett injured his hamstring in one of the first OTA sessions. It's nice to hear that all three are back at practice, as all three have a lot to prove. Good is trying to win a starting spot at right tackle, and while Joe Reitz remained with the first team today, the Colts are mixing things up a lot right now and everything is fluid. Dorsett is looking to prove himself as the number three wide receiver, and while that role really isn't in jeopardy unless he suffers an injury that causes him to miss time, he's still very much unproven in the NFL and will have pressure to produce. And then Bray is trying to earn a roster spot as a depth receiver and return man. In his absence, several of the young wide receivers have stepped up (Chuck Pagano today mentioned Chester Rogers, MeKale McKay, and Tevaun Smith in particular), while Pagano simply said that "we haven't seen much" of Bray because he's been battling a hamstring issue. The coach noted that the Colts realize what he can do in the return game but that he has to get on the field and prove himself as a receiver.
On the flip side, another wide receiver was still sitting out of practice today. Chappell noted that Donte Moncrief still wasn't working and still has a boot on his foot. He had a procedure done this offseason to help relieve an issue that plagued him last year with his foot, and now it's about rehabbing that injury. There is no set timetable that we've heard yet, but it's expected as a minor injury. Seeing as it's still May, the injury is nothing to worry about and Moncrief should hopefully be ready to go by the time training camp rolls around, if not sooner. But he hasn't gotten much work in OTAs, leaving room for some of the younger guys to get more reps. Perhaps that could be a good thing in the long run, but it's unfortunate for Moncrief to miss some valuable reps right now.