Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief was injured during the first half of the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter he will undergo an MRI on his shoulder today.
Information as to what exactly Moncrief’s injury is has been hard to come by. During the game, CBS reported that he was being evaluated for a concussion. Then a bit later, the Colts updated his official injury status as a head/neck injury. Now, Schefter is reporting that he will have an MRI on his shoulder. It’s possible that all of those are true - that he was tested for a concussion but passed, so the Colts then listed it as a head/neck injury without knowing the specifics of it. Perhaps they later traced the injury to his shoulder and want to get a better idea of what’s going on. That’s all speculation, of course, and in short we just don’t know right now what’s wrong, but we do know that Moncrief tweeted last night that “I should be ok soon.”
It’s incredibly important to the Colts’ offense to get Moncrief back soon, as he’s a key part of their offense. He has caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown this season and is the team’s number two wideout, providing a very talented receiver to play opposite of T.Y. Hilton. With Hilton, Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett in at receiver the Colts have mismatches to take advantage of, but the depth after them is very suspect - as Chester Rogers and return man Quan Bray are the only other receivers. We did see Jack Doyle step up in the receiving game again on Sunday, and Dwayne Allen made some nice grabs too. So with Hilton, Dorsett, Allen, and Doyle the Colts would still have weapons for Andrew Luck to work with, but Donte Moncrief is nevertheless an important part of the Colts offense. Getting him back as soon as possible is key, so this MRI today could prove to be crucial.