Colts head coach Chuck Pagano provided an injury update at his press conference this afternoon, and the most notable update is that cornerback Darius Butler suffered a grade 1 hamstring strain and will be week-to-week. Wide receiver Donte Moncrief (shoulder) and right guard Denzelle Good (back) will both undergo MRIs later today to determine the severity of their injuries, while cornerback Antonio Cromartie (shoulder) and safety Clayton Geathers (foot) are both sore but should be ok.
Another update that Pagano gave today that was much more encouraging was that the Colts might get cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson, as well as safety T.J. Green, back on the practice field this week, though they likely will be limited participants. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they will play this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but it’s a very good sign and it’s progress. Defensive lineman Henry Anderson is also making progress, and Pagano didn’t rule out a return this week.
The big concern right now is about the status of Donte Moncrief and Denzelle Good, as the severity of their injuries is unknown as the team awaits the MRI test and results. Both are key players that would be significant losses, but we don’t have much information at this point - other than, for Moncrief, we know it’s a shoulder (yesterday it was first reported as a concussion, then as a head/neck injury).
The loss of Butler for the time being (as he’s week-to-week) is another tough hit for the secondary. The top two at the position missed Sunday’s game (Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson), while the next two were injured in Sunday’s game (Antonio Cromartie and Darius Butler). So it’s possible that all the Colts will have next week is Antonio Cromartie, Rashaan Melvin, and Darryl Morris, in which case they’d absolutely need to add depth this week. It’s a mess right now in the secondary, but hopefully they will be able to get Davis and Robinson back soon to help stabilize the cornerback position.