The injury news in the secondary just keeps getting worse for the Indianapolis Colts, as two more key players were injured on Sunday. Head coach Chuck Pagano said today that safety T.J. Green suffered a mild MCL sprain and is week-to-week, while cornerback Patrick Robinson suffered a concussion and is in the concussion protocol.
With Robinson, his status for Sunday is unknown but it’s all going to be mandated by the concussion protocol, with clear guidelines and steps that he has to go through before he’s cleared to play. With Green, however, he’ll likely be out a while. When Pagano uses the week to week designation, it means that the player will miss some time and will be out a while. For example, safety Clayton Geathers was listed as week to week at the start of training camp and still hasn’t practiced since. That’s a longer timeframe than normal, but you get the idea: Green will miss time.
It’s just another blow for a secondary that really can’t take much more. Green was prepared as the starter throughout camp and preseason because starter Clayton Geathers wasn’t healthy, and now Green is out despite showing promise. The Colts are considering their options at safety, Pagano said, but he did note that Winston Guy is fine (he also was injured in Sunday’s game). The healthy safeties on the team right now are Mike Adams, Winston Guy, and Matthias Farley, so it will be interesting to see whether the Colts make a move or not.
Part of that may be determined by the health of Darius Butler, who Pagano said might be back at practice on Wednesday. If Butler can get healthy enough to play this coming Sunday, he would add another depth option at safety - as long as they don’t need him at cornerback, where the only healthy players are Antonio Cromartie, Darryl Morris, and Rashaan Melvin. Pagano praised what Morris and Melvin did on Sunday in particular, as they were just signed last week yet played significant snaps.
The injury situation in the secondary right now, however, is not good. Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, Darius Butler, Clayton Geathers, and T.J. Green are all dealing with injuries right now, leaving just three healthy safeties and three healthy corners. It remains to be seen whether the Colts will add even more help this week, but they’re obviously running out of good options.