While the biggest injury news of the day surrounds the soreness and inflammation in Andrew Luck’s throwing shoulder, which will hold him out of practice today, we have already covered the pertinent details of his status and what we might be able to expect when he returns.
It is also not a huge surprise that rookie inside linebacker Anthony Walker is still sitting out of practice nursing a hamstring injury that he aggravated against the 49ers. Nor is is it surprising that Robert Turbin did not practice after suffering a nasty arm injury against the Titans.
The one new addition is a player that Indianapolis can ill-afford to have miss anytime if they hope to have a chance moving forward, as John Simon missed practice with a shoulder injury. What is it with shoulders for these players today, my goodness I feel like it was all knees and ankles when I was growing up, but now it’s shoulders, hamstrings, lis francs, backs, and hips — football has turned into an anatomy class. Before things get too far out of hand, head coach Chuck Pagano indicated that he was simply resting because he was a little sore and had a great game against Tennessee. Let’s hope to see him make a quick return to practice tomorrow.
Good and Geathers are both possibilities to return to the Colts this year
We have started to get some pretty good information from Stephen Holder regarding some of the players who are returning from injury and some of the changes the Colts have been making to their lineup in response to those injuries. He told us shortly after it was announced that Jack Mewhort was going to be placed on the injured reserve and Le’Raven Clark was a lead candidate to get the starting nod against the Titans.
Now his sources are telling him that there is a legitimate chance that Denzelle Good is one of the players the Colts may target to return from injured reserve. There is no specific timeline — shocker I know — but it is something keep keep an eye on.
On a related note, Denzelle Good is definitely an IR-return candidate, I'm told. Not clear on timeline, but file that away in ur memory. https://t.co/FocOBjF22z— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) October 18, 2017
Additionally, while Chris Ballard responded to a question in his press conference earlier today regarding Clayton Geathers’ pending return — simply stating that it would be soon — Holder ran into the player while he was at West 56th Street today.
On a positive note, just ran into Clayton Geathers, and he can't stop smiling. Almost back to practice (maybe next week).— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) October 18, 2017
It should go without saying that getting Geathers back at practice and back onto the football field would be a massive upgrade to the Colts secondary. If he can return to the field healthy and able to go full speed once again, he could be a big part of Indy’s answer to their weaknesses in pass coverage at inside linebacker. He would also be the most experienced player in the Colts defensive secondary other than Vontae Davis at his respective position.
Malik Hooker not responsible for Mariota’s touchdown throw to Taylor
Speaking of the secondary, head coach Pagano specifically addressed the long touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor on Monday night. He explicitly pardoned Malik Hooker on the coverage and said that the touchdown was not his fault and that there was a breakdown at more than one spot in the assignment.
Pagano: Had coverage breakdown on long TD pass at Tenn. Wasn't Malik Hooker's fault.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) October 18, 2017
If true, I have two questions.
1) Why is it taking so long for the players on this team to learn their assignments in coverage and what can we do to remedy that moving forward?
2) Why is Malik Hooker not responsible for picking up the fastest receiver on the Titans when he is running a flag route up the center of the field?
It seems to me that Hooker is too often up closer to the line of scrimmage and asked to cover mauling tight ends and not often enough in his deep center field role roaming to breakup passes and pick off quarterbacks.