The first injury report of the week for the Indianapolis Colts was released today, though it wasn’t their first practice of the week.
That’s because their trip to London has thrown things off, as the Colts had a walkthrough-like practice on Tuesday (after an off day Monday), then will practice like normal Wednesday and Thursday before flying to London Thursday evening, where they’ll have another practice on Friday. It all makes for a change in routine, but we still did get the injury report on Wednesday like normal.
It’s looking much better than it has in recent weeks, though the big thing to note on today’s injury report is that several key offensive linemen were missing from practice today.
Here’s the full injury report:
Did Not Practice:
Darius Butler, CB (hamstring)
Denzelle Good, G (back)
Jonotthan Harrison, C (illness)
T.Y. Hilton, WR (knee)
Donte Moncrief, WR (shoulder)
Joe Reitz, T (back)
Frank Gore, RB (rest)
D’Qwell Jackson, ILB (rest)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest)
Andrew Luck, QB (right shoulder)
Again, the biggest thing to mention is that three key offensive linemen missed practice today. The team’s starting right guard (Denzelle Good) and starting right tackle (Joe Reitz) both didn’t practice, while a key backup (Jonotthan Harrison) didn’t go either. Harrison was listed with an illness, so while we don’t know details it is certainly possible he’ll be back soon. As for Good and Reitz, we really don’t know their status yet. Good missed last week’s game with his back injury, while Reitz left Sunday’s game midway through with a back injury that has been bothering him for a few weeks. If either Good or Reitz can’t play, it would be Joe Haeg stepping up to replace them for his second straight start. But if both guys miss the game, then it would likely be Haeg at right tackle and Harrison at right guard - which is why it’s key that Harrison get healthy soon.
Other than the offensive linemen, there’s not a whole lot of note on the injury report. Darius Butler and Donte Moncrief are still week-to-week with their injuries, while Frank Gore, D’Qwell Jackson, and Robert Mathis all just received veteran’s rest days. T.Y. Hilton missed practice with a knee injury, but he’s missed time in each of the past two weeks with the injury too and still played (and, after being limited last Thursday and missing last Friday, he still managed to catch eight passes for 174 yards and a touchdown on Sunday). So unless we hear otherwise, we should still expect Hilton to play, which is the same with quarterback Andrew Luck, who was once again limited today. He’s been on the injury report each week so far with his shoulder injury, and it’s simply part of the Colts’ plan to take it easy with him.
It’s also worth noting that Patrick Robinson was a full participant in practice today and wasn’t listed on the injury report with a concussion anymore, which is a pretty good sign that he has passed the protocol and should be ready to go this Sunday. If that’s the case, the Colts will have their top cornerbacks on the field together for the first time this season, and the tandem of Vontae Davis, Antonio Cromartie, and Robinson should be a formidable one.