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Colts rule four players out for Sunday’s game vs. Broncos, several others questionable

NFL: Preseason-Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano today ruled out cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle), safety T.J. Green (knee), cornerback Patrick Robinson (concussion), and defensive lineman Henry Anderson (knee) for this Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Furthermore, cornerback Darius Butler (ankle), safety Clayton Geathers (foot), cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hamstring), nose tackle Zach Kerr (foot), defensive lineman Kendall Langford (knee), and outside linebacker Robert Mathis (foot) are listed as questionable. And though Pagano listed Trent Cole (back) as questionable too, he is officially listed as doubtful on the injury report.

At cornerback, the Colts continue to have issues. Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson won’t play, leaving Antonio Cromartie as the top “healthy” cornerback (assuming, of course, that he plays). If Darius Butler is indeed able to play, he’ll probably start opposite of Cromartie but move to the slot when the team goes to a nickel defense. Furthermore, at safety, if Clayton Geathers can’t go the team is also very thin, leaving Mike Adams and Winston Guys as the presumptive starters with Matthias Farley (and Darius Butler) as the backups there.

It’s possible the Colts’ pass rush will be even thinner than it already was. Robert Mathis missed some time this week with a foot injury, and he’s the primary guy they are relying on to provide pressure. Trent Cole is doubtful and didn’t practice at all this week, so his status seems very much up in the air - certainly more so than Mathis’s status, since Mathis will probably play. Cole is the team’s second-best pass rusher (which really isn’t saying much of anything), but if he can’t go it could lead to more reps for Akeem Ayers and Curt Maggitt as the Colts try to do anything they can to disrupt Denver’s offense.