The Indianapolis Colts lost to the Denver Broncos this afternoon 34-20, and to make matters worse they had several injuries occur during the game that are worth keeping an eye on.
Wide receiver Donte Moncrief suffered a head/neck injury in the first half and didn’t return to the game. CBS originally reported that he was being evaluated for a concussion, but the Colts’ official in-game update only listed it as a head/neck, so we don’t have much more info than that. It’s a big concern, however, due to the fact that Moncrief is a crucial part of their wide receiver group, as without him the team is pretty thin (T.Y. Hilton, Phillip Dorsett, Chester Rogers, and Quan Bray).
Cornerback Darius Butler, in his first game back from an ankle injury, jumped a Trevor Siemian pass for an interception and would have had an easy pick-six... but he fell down on the field with an injury instead after only a short return. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” head coach Chuck Pagano said after the game. Butler suffered a hamstring injury on that play, which ended his day. We don’t have any further details on the severity of that injury, however.
Starting right guard Denzelle Good suffered a back contusion and didn’t return to the game, while safety Clayton Geathers suffered a foot injury and also didn’t return. There were two other injury situations to note for the Colts, though it seems positive right now: Hassan Ridgeway was evaluated for a concussion but passed the test and returned to the game, while Antonio Cromartie missed some time with a shoulder injury during the game (he also returned to the game as well). Rashaan Melvin also was taken to the locker room during the game for what appeared to be a thigh issue (per CBS), but it doesn’t seem to be too serious.
The secondary just continues to be a huge injury mess for Indianapolis right now, and it doesn’t seem to be getting much better. Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson (the top two corners) both missed the game today, while Darius Butler (the fourth corner) suffered a hamstring injury. Antonio Cromartie and Rashaan Melvin (the two starters today) suffered minor injuries during the game, too. That leaves only Darryl Morris as a truly “healthy” cornerback. At safety, things are also bad. After Mike Adams, the next two guys on the depth chart (Clayton Geathers and T.J. Green) are both injured. That leaves just Mike Adams, Winston Guy, and Matthias Farley as the healthy safeties. So in other words, it’s not a good situation for the Colts’ secondary right now.