The Indianapolis Colts will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London this Sunday, but backup offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison won’t be able to play after having an emergency appendectomy, head coach Chuck Pagano announced today.
Harrison missed practice yesterday with an “illness,” and so today we found out what that illness is and that it will keep Harrison out. Obviously the top priority is for him to get healthy, but it could be a significant loss for the Colts for Sunday’s game. That’s because two other offensive linemen, Denzelle Good and Joe Reitz, were both limited again today and Pagano said they are in the rehab stage. There’s no guarantee that either will play, however, which is why the loss of Harrison could be more significant. If either Good (the starting right guard) or Reitz (the starting right tackle) miss time then Joe Haeg would be the first man up, but if both Good and Reitz miss time then Harrison would have been at guard and Haeg at tackle. So with Harrison out of the picture for Sunday’s game, if both Good and Reitz miss the game then it would mean that either Austin Blythe or Le’Raven Clark would have to step in at one of the spots alongside Good. In other words, it’s not an ideal situation - so hope that at least one of either Good or Reitz will be able to play.
The good news for the Colts is that their defense continues to get healthy, as Pagano said today that cornerback Patrick Robinson has passed the concussion protocol and is good to go for this Sunday. That means that the Colts should have their entire starting defense healthy for Sunday, which would be a first for this season. It will be interesting to see how the Colts use their top three corners, as Vontae Davis and Antonio Cromartie did a good job on the outside last week and as Patrick Robinson is at his best in the slot. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Colts use that lineup when they are in nickel, but we’ll have to wait and see.