With the Indianapolis Colts set to take on divisional foe Tennessee Titans on Monday Night, some additional maneuvering in the lineup will now be mandatory. Jack Mewhort being placed on IR is a major hitch in the Colts offensive line, however, he’s been nursing this knee recovery quite a bit for the past several months.
Mewhort rotated working days in the offseason training schedule, throughout training camp and each week of the season thus far. Signing Isaiah Williams, or at least another lineman in general, was to be expected, but that won’t fill the void this week. It seems likely that Joe Haeg will move to the right guard spot and Le’Raven Clark could make his first start in quite a while.
The possibility of Denzelle Good returning in the next month or so from IR could help in the long term, but the Colts could be in major trouble up front over the next several games pending some improved chemistry. Jeremy Vujnovich has been a consistent liability at the left guard spot and that makes the overall improvement of the line even more difficult, but you never really know until you see it on the field in a game in terms of chemistry.
Luck Working it on Colts Scout Team
According to some reports coming out of Colts practices this week, Andrew Luck was impressively picking apart the defensive unit as the scout team quarterback and was putting some ‘stank’ on his throws in the process. ESPN’s Mike Wells reports that Ted Monachino stated “[Luck] made us look silly a couple times.”
Monachino goes on to say that Luck wasn’t babying his shoulder while throwing the ball, and more specifically that he was going downfield a handful of times and drove a ball in on a short out route. I can’t tell you how magnificent this is to hear regarding the likelihood of Luck returning to the field sooner rather than later.
Officially we still don’t know when Luck will return, but the confidence of the offense and with the defense having to work against him until he returns fully is going to make the back seven better as well. They need Luck back for more than just his prowess on the field. His health bleeds into the rest of the roster, and the Colts are still within grasp of the division with a long way to go.
Despite Loss of Mewhort, Colts Are Largely Healthy
We all know that Luck isn’t playing this week. For the rest of the roster, the majority of those who have been banged up recently are recovering and the future looks good. Chester Rogers, who’s been out forever, will likely be active for the first time this season. Jack Doyle will be back from concussion protocol and rookie Quincy Wilson has completed the week being a full participant again.
A couple of the more interesting questions regarding the injury report are Jon Bostic, who’s played 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season, and rookie Anthony Walker, who re-injured his hamstring last week. Bostic hasn’t been great, to put it delicately, and neither has Antonio Morrison.
Darnell Sankey, however, was brought up to the active roster and Jeremiah George has been very good in limited play, especially in coverage, where the two starters are struggling the most. Sankey showed that he was quite instinctual in his preseason work with the Colts and this could be a great opportunity for him to gain special teams snaps and possibly get some rotational looks as well.
Below is the Colts final injury report for Week 6:
Marcus Mariota’s Questionable Status Gives Colts Chance to Get to .500
Mariota has been deemed as questionable, and now the possibility for the Colts to face off against Matt Cassel seems to still be on the table. The game in which Mariota went down (Week 4 Vs Houston Texans) didn’t go as planned with him throwing 2 interceptions early in the game. Cassel coming in in relief was quite disappointing as well.
Last week, Cassel was serviceable for the Titans against the Miami Dolphins, but he’s not doing anything well, and he’s not much of a threat to be aggressive. The Colts’ chances to rise to 3-3 with him in the lineup drastically increases. On the other hand, Mariota hasn’t been great up to this point in the season.
Obviously we know that he’s got all of the potential in the world to dismantle the Colts defense, but he’s been awful in the redzone this season, and his 3/3 touchdown-to-interception ratio leaves a lot to be desired as well. With a pass rush, and some semblance of a running game from the offense and the Colts could challenge for a win either way.
Let’s just go ahead and hope for Cassel though.