The Indianapolis Colts returned to the practice field on Wednesday to begin preparations for their game against the Denver Broncos this Sunday, but there were several players who weren’t at practice.
Several starters sat out practice today due to injuries, while a number of others were limited. Here’s the full injury report, followed by some thoughts:
Did Not Practice:
Trent Cole, OLB (back)
Vontae Davis, CB (ankle)
Clayton Geathers, S (personal/child birth)
T.J. Green, S (knee)
Robert Mathis, OLB (foot)
Joe Reitz, G (foot)
Patrick Robinson, CB (concussion)
Henry Anderson, DT (knee)
Darius Butler, CB (ankle)
Antonio Cromartie, DB (hamstring)
Jonotthan Harrison, C (back)
Zach Kerr, NT (foot)
Kendall Langford, DE (knee)
Obviously the big injury news is on the defensive side of the football (as it has been for weeks), as here’s who the team was missing today: their two top cornerbacks, their two top pass rushers, and two of their top three safeties. That’s not good, and in addition their two best defensive linemen and two other significant corners were limited. The defense has really been hit hard by injuries, and that doesn’t seem to be getting much better. With that said, there is some positives: Darius Butler was back at practice in a limited role, while Clayton Geathers was supposed to be back in a limited role but apparantly was absent due to the birth of a child.
One situation worth paying attention to, as we mentioned last night, is in regards to Robert Mathis. He was seen in a protective boot last night for a toe issue, and on Monday general manager Ryan Grigson confirmed that Mathis was dealing with an injury in the preseason that limited him. The Colts are counting on Mathis to be their primary pass rusher, so it’s a key situation to monitor. Not only that, but Trent Cole - the team’s second-best pass rusher, also missed practice today due to injury. The Colts already don’t have much of a pass rush, so they can’t really afford to lose Mathis or Cole.
On a more positive note, neither Andrew Luck nor Joe Haeg appeared on the injury report. Luck is obviously fine, but it was expected that he’d be limited today since it’s part of the plan, and Chuck Pagano said last week that it wouldn’t be a surprise for Luck to be limited today - but, obviously, he was a full participant. As for Haeg, he missed last week’s game but was very close to being ready, so it appears he’s now ready to go. That’s a big development for the depth of their offensive line, for sure.