The Indianapolis Colts returned to the practice field today, and there are plenty of things going on with the team from an injury standpoint.
The biggest story of the day is that wide receiver Donte Moncrief will miss 4-6 weeks due to a fractured scapula, which is a significant loss for Indy’s offense. Furthermore, quarterback Andrew Luck missed practice today due to right shoulder soreness, though he “absolutely” expects to play Sunday vs. the Chargers. On the positive side, cornerback Vontae Davis and other members of the secondary are progressing well and returned to practice.
There’s a lot to note today from an injury standpoint, obviously, and while those are the big stories, here’s a look at today’s full injury report for the Colts:
Did Not Practice:
Darius Butler, CB (hamstring)
Clayton Geathers, S (foot)
Denzelle Good, T (back)
Andrew Luck, QB (right shoulder)
Donte Moncrief, WR (shoulder)
Joe Reitz, G (calf and neck)
Frank Gore, RB (rest)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Trent Cole, OLB (back)
Antonio Cromartie, DB (ribs)
Vontae Davis, CB (ankle)
T.J. Green, S (knee)
Kendall Langford, DE (abdomen)
Patrick Robinson, CB (concussion)
Henry Anderson, DT (knee)
There weren’t too many surprises for the guys who didn’t practice. Darius Butler is week-to-week after suffering a hamstring injury on his failed pick-six on Sunday, while Chuck Pagano said earlier today that Clayton Geathers wouldn’t practice today but should be a full participant tomorrow. Denzelle Good is day-to-day with a back injury, so that’s a situation worth monitoring as it pertains to his status for this Sunday’s game. Moncrief, of course, will miss 4-6 weeks, while Luck’s absence was likely due to precaution and the Colts’ plan to manage him more than anything else. Joe Reitz isn’t a new addition to the injury report, as he’s been on it all three weeks of the season - though with three different injuries. In week one he was listed with a back injury, then last week he was listed with a foot injury, and now this week he’s listed with calf and neck injuries. He’s played in the previous two games, however, so hopefully he’ll be ready to go once again this Sunday. And then Frank Gore and Robert Mathis just received rest days, but it is worth noting that Mathis was on the injury report with a foot last week. So hopefully the fact that he’s not listed with the foot injury anymore is a good sign for that issue.
The Colts also got several players back at practice today in a limited role. The biggest return was Vontae Davis, who began to do some work in practice today, and safety T.J. Green also returned in a limited role. Patrick Robinson, meanwhile, is still going through the concussion protocol but was back in a non-contact role today. And another member of the secondary, Antonio Cromartie, was limited with a rib injury. It’s still unclear who will play on Sunday and who will not, but it’s an encouraging sign nonetheless. Trent Cole (who missed Sunday’s game against the Broncos) was also a limited participant, while Kendall Langford - with a new injury, one to his abdomen - was limited as well.
Perhaps the most encouraging thing of all was that, for a second straight practice, Henry Anderson was a full participant. He practiced fully last Friday too, and so while he didn’t play in Sunday’s game that’s certainly a good sign for him perhaps being ready to go this week. We don’t know for sure yet whether the Colts will play him or continue to hold him out against the Chargers, but it seems to be getting really close.