The Indianapolis Colts have released their first injury report since wrapping up their Week 11 bye. One unexpected player on the report is safety Matthias Farley. Farley has played an important role in the Colts secondary all season and has outperformed any reasonable expectations that would have been set for him when he was signed to serve in a special teams and depth role in 2016.
With Malik Hooker already on the injured reserve and Clayton Geathers likely to be on a pitch count on Sunday, Farley’s status will be worth monitoring. Indianapolis has shown some real signs of improvement on the defensive side of the football the last few weeks but relying on Darius Butler and T.J. Green to take significant snaps on the back-end will not inspire confidence.
Undrafted rookie tight end Darrell Daniels (hamstring), rookie outside linebacker Tarrell Basham (illness), and second-year defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway (shoulder) all also missed Wednesday’s practice. It will be interesting to see how Daniels is handled if he is unable to go this weekend, as Erik Swoope is nearing his return to the active roster.
Wide receiver Kamar Aiken (hamstring), cornerback Kenny Moore II (concussion), and guard Kyle Kalis (knee) were all limited in practice. If these players are unable to make progress throughout the week, the biggest potential blow may be the special teams impact Moore has as a gunner.
Finally, two important players participated in fully in practice. Jacoby Brissett is still listed with a concussion on the report but his full (non-contact) participation is a great sign that he will be a full go this weekend. Veteran outside linebacker John Simon is also listed with his neck injury but participated fully. It is worth monitoring how Simon rotates with Sheard and Mingo upon his return on Sunday.