DROPPING LIKE FLIES
After an injury-filled thrashing at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Colts returned to practice today. Over the past couple of weeks, we were proud to report that the injury report had grown smaller in length — an encouraging sign for a struggling team.
Of course, that doesn’t tell the whole story as it seems that every week a key player has gone down due to injury — Malik Hooker tears his ACL and MCL, Robert Turbin suffers gruesome elbow injury, Jack Mewhort shut down for the season with a knee, and that doesn’t even count the players like Denzelle Good from week one, Ryan Kelly missing time, Deyshawn Bond going down for the year, Erik Swoope starting the season on injured reserve, and Clayton Geathers starting the year on the physically unable to perform list. I think I’m missing someone...
Unfortunately for Indianapolis, the injury report is heading in the wrong direction this week. John Simon is week-to-week with a stinger — all but ensuring that he won’t be ready to play this weekend in Cincinnati. Ryan Kelly did not participate with knee/pelvis injuries. Rashaan Melvin did not participate as he needs to make his way through the concussion protocol before he can take the field. Vontae Davis was granted a veteran’s rest day. Darius Butler missed practice with an ankle injury and T.J. Green was held out with a hamstring injury.
Jacoby Brissett did fully practice, but as I suggested following the Jacksonville game, he did make his way onto the injury report. A struggling backup quarterback who holds onto the ball too long with a thumb injury... well I guess we can only hope it’s not his throwing hand. Rookie inside linebacker Anthony Walker also returned to the practice field on a limited basis as he has been trying to work his way back from a hamstring injury that has kept him out for weeks.
Oh, I remember who I forgetting, Andrew Luck did not practice this week and will not practice at all this week as he continues to rehab on his own. As has been mentioned previously, this all but guarantees that the earliest he will take the field in an actual game will be after the Colts bye in Week 11. Head coach Chuck Pagano assured members of the media today that no matter what the Colts record is, when healthy enough to play, Luck will be back under center.
Rookie safety Malik Hooker was placed on injured reserve after he tore his ACL and MCL over the weekend. He was clearly disappointed in losing the rest of the season and when asked about a timeline for his return, he explained that he didn’t have an idea at this point and has yet to schedule his surgery. Here’s to hoping that the swelling goes down quickly so he can get his operation as soon as possible.
While coach Pagano also said that he expects Ryan Kelly to return to practice on Thursday, actions speak louder than words. With Mike Person already on the roster filling the backup center role, and with injures that are holding out two of the three safeties on the team, including the loss of one of the starters at the position, the Colts chose to fill Hooker’s vacated spot on the roster with center Dillon Day, signed off of waivers from the Denver Broncos. Don’t be surprised if this means that Kelly’s ability to start this weekend may be in doubt.
LIKE A PHOENIX
On the more uplifting side of the news, we can report that Denzelle Good and Clayton Geathers both returned to practice today. Geathers was wearing a non-contact red jersey and is not expected to play until after the bye week but barring some kind of setback, Colts fans should get to see the best defensive player from 2016 back on the field before the year is over. Additionally, Good will be eligible to play in two weeks, and will be the first player to return from the injured reserve for the Colts.
With the loss of Hooker for the season and the massive shuffling along the offensive line, both players will be very welcome at their respective positions.
QUINCY WILSON GETS HEAVY WORK
Also, in a strange set of positive news for Colts fans, with Rashaan Melvin and Vontae Davis both missing practice today, rookie Quincy Wilson got a lot of reps with the first team defense. Anything that could potentially convince this coaching staff to not squander active roster spots on game day by leaving a player who, even as a rookie, is clearly that third best boundary corner on the roster would be welcomed. The team sure could have used him when Melvin left the game early against the Jaguars.