After the Colts were hit hard by injuries in training camp and at the beginning of the season, they are finally beginning to get healthier. Today only three players missed practice due to an injury, while the team should get their entire starting defense on the field this Sunday for the first time this season.
Here’s the full practice report for Thursday:
Did Not Practice:
Darius Butler, CB (hamstring)
Donte Moncrief, WR (shoulder)
Jonotthan Harrison, C (illness)
Erik Walden, OLB (rest)
Denzelle Good, G (back)
Joe Reitz, T (back)
T.Y. Hilton, WR (knee)
Andrew Luck, QB (right shoulder)
Patrick Robinson, CB (concussion)
Frank Gore, RB (rest Wednesday)
D’Qwell Jackson, ILB (rest Wednesday)
Robert Mathis, OLB (rest Wednesday)
The only real injury situations to watch this week pertain to the guys who were limited today. The players who didn’t practice don’t really present any questions, as Erik Walden was simply getting a rest day while Darius Butler, Donte Moncrief, and Jonotthan Harrison will likely all be out (and Harrison has already been ruled out after he had an emergency appendectomy). Furthermore, the guys who participated fully today will all play, as Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton have been nursing their injuries as part of a plan and as Patrick Robinson has passed the concussion protocol (meaning that the entire starting defense should play together for the first time this year).
So that leaves just Denzelle Good and Joe Reitz as the question marks, with both linemen being limited in practice today after missing practice yesterday. Hopefully at least one of them will be able to play, as then Joe Haeg could fill the other spot. But with Harrison out, if neither Good nor Reitz can play it would mean that another rookie - either Austin Blythe or Le’Raven Clark - would also have to start, making it three rookies together along the left side of the line (center, right guard, and right tackle). So hopefully at least one of the two limited linemen will be able to go.