The Indianapolis Colts today ruled out wide receiver Donte Moncrief (shoulder), cornerback Darius Butler (hamstring), and offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison (illness) for their game this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. In addition, right guard Denzelle Good (back), right tackle Joe Reitz (back), and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (ankle) are all listed as questionable.
There aren’t any surprises with the players ruled out, as we knew about all three beforehand. Moncrief will be out for several more weeks with a fractured scapula, while Butler is still week-to-week with his hamstring injury. Harrison had an emergency appendectomy this week, so he obviously won’t play either. So there are no surprises there, and the real intrigue comes with the questionable guys.
The hope is that Good and/or Reitz will be able to play Sunday, which would be a huge boost to their offensive line. If one of them can’t go, it would be Joe Haeg stepping in at the other spot, but the problem comes if neither can play. Then it would be Haeg starting at one of the spots and another rookie - either Austin Blythe or Le’Raven Clark - starting at the other spot. That’s certainly not an ideal situation. Head coach Chuck Pagano noted earlier today that the Colts might sign one of their practice squad linemen to the active roster (they have an open spot currently) if they need offensive line depth, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they make a move like that.
Phillip Dorsett is a surprise appearance on the injury report, as today was the first day he showed up. He was limited in practice with an ankle injury today and is listed as questionable, so it’s certainly something worth paying attention to. We don’t have any details about his injury other than that he was limited, so I think it’s safe to expect him to play. But if he for some reason can’t go, the wideouts for Indianapolis would be T.Y. Hilton, Chester Rogers, Quan Bray, and Devin Street. In other words, the Colts would be relying on Hilton and the tight ends to be the primary pass catchers. But again, the hope is that Dorsett should be ready to go Sunday.