The Indianapolis Colts have released their injury report for Wednesday, the opening day of practice for the week:
Starting center Ryan Kelly (concussion) not practicing is not a surprise after what head coach Chuck Pagano said to the media earlier:
re: Ryan Kelly, Pagano says, "If you're still symptomatic on Monday or Tuesday, you're probably not gonna play.... I have zero confidence (in Kelly playing)."— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) November 29, 2017
If Kelly cannot go on Sunday — and it certainly looks like he won’t — look for Mike Person to get the nod against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s always good to be missing one of your best offensive linemen when you’re going up against the team that leads the league in sacks, right?
Top cornerback Rashaan Melvin (hand) was also basically ruled out for Sunday. Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star had an explanation on Melvin’s situation:
Rashaan Melvin suffered a dislocation of the metatarsal on his hand. He's week-to-week, but tough as he is, Pagano said, he could return next week vs. Buffalo. Would likely wear a club on the hand, a la Darius Butler last year.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) November 29, 2017
If Melvin is out, then Pierre Desir, Quincy Wilson and Kenny Moore will likely get the bulk of the action at cornerback, with Nate Hairston playing the nickel.
Defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway (shoulder) was already said to be missing a few weeks with his injury, so that’s no surprise. It opens the door for Grover Stewart and Joey Mbu a little more.
Tight end Darrell Daniels missed last Sunday’s game against the Titans. If he remains out, Jason Vander Laan will likely continue to get the work as the Colts’ TE3. Erik Swoope will not be brought back from Injured Reserve, so that door is closed.
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis returned to practice. Although he started two games at right guard, I doubt he regains his spot in the starting lineup. Joe Haeg moved into Kalis’ spot last week, and Denzelle Good took over at right tackle. It makes sense for things to remain that way from here on out.