Colts head coach Chuck Pagano announced this morning that wide receiver Donte Moncrief will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured scapula. Pagano said the injury will not require surgery but that Moncrief just needs rest to recover.
Moncrief is a big part of the Colts offense, as he is their number two wide receiver alongside T.Y. Hilton. So far this year, he has caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in five quarters of action. He was looking to build off of a strong sophomore season a year ago in which he caught 64 passes for 773 yards and six touchdowns, but the injury is obviously a setback.
While Moncrief recovers, the Colts’ wide receiver position looks much more thin than it did a week ago. T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett are the only true proven receivers and they will handle the bulk of the responsibilities at the top of the depth chart. After that is Chester Rogers, Quan Bray, and the recently-signed Devin Street. Rogers really impressed in training camp and preseason and is a talented player, but he’s unproven, having never caught an NFL pass in a meaningful game. Bray is on the team pretty much exclusively for his return abilities, but he did catch a pass for seven yards on Sunday - his first career catch. And Street was just signed this morning off of the Patriots practice squad, but he does have some experience, as he played in 31 games for the Cowboys over the past two years (starting two) and has caught nine passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Overall, however, the Colts will need to rely on Hilton and Dorsett to lead the way at wide receiver while also getting help from the tight ends (Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle) and running backs (Frank Gore and Josh Ferguson) in the passing game as well until Moncrief can return.