While the big story today is that the Indianapolis Colts have placed Andrew Luck on injured reserve, ending his season, the rest of the team moved forward with its practice schedule. We will provide an update on the status of each player and an updated outlook for this weekend.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
As we suspected following Chuck Pagano’s week-to-week label a week ago, Simon is still not participating in practice. At this point, there is a very strong likelihood that the team will continue to hold him out and allow his neck to completely heal. It would be a strange turn of events to see him return to practice on Friday only and then play in Sunday’s game.
Rookie corner Quincy Wilson missed practice for the second straight day, after an odd story about waking up on Saturday with the knee not “feeling right.” There is no update on the gravity of the injury or whether the team expects Wilson to miss considerable time. Barring the unlikely chance that the team has held him out for precautionary reasons only, he will not play on Sunday.
The biggest player to miss practice for a second straight day is left tackle Anthony Castonzo. If the team was confident in his health it seems unlikely that they would activate tackle Tyreek Burwell to the 53-man roster, which they did this afternoon. Unless something big changes over night, we expect that Castonzo will miss the game.
While Frank Gore had his traditional Thursday off, Matt Jones sat out for his second straight practice with an ankle injury. There has been no discussion about the seriousness of the injury or how it happened. It is pretty safe to assume that he will be inactive.
As promised, Le’Raven Clark returned to practice today. He already is on his way back down to Texas in order to attend his father’s funeral. Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this difficult time.
Colts top cornerback Rashaan Melvin returned to practice as a full participant today and was not wearing a red no-contact jersey. This is a positive sign for his likely return to the field on Sunday. He will join Vontae Davis, who also was a full participant in practice, to solidify the starting group.
While Adam Vinatieri missed practice on Wednesday with a back injury, he returned to the field today. He dispelled any concern that he could miss the game. Additionally, Jabaal Sheard was a full participant and his quad injury will not risk his status for Sunday, barring a setback.