The Indianapolis Colts will need to quickly recover from what had to be the most physically demanding game in their football careers. They play host to the Denver Broncos on a short week for Thursday Night Football. This means that there is an abbreviated week of practice that started on Monday.
While the team managed to escape the blizzard in Buffalo without any major injuries, Pagano made his first comments on Andrew Luck in weeks.
He’s doing fine. Communicating via email and text, making progress. I think everybody knows he’s in Europe somewhere getting some great treatment. Where that is exactly, you guys probably know more than I know. I don’t get on social media and all that stuff, so I don’t know.
While this may not be earth shattering information, it at least acknowledges that Luck is still on the team and going through his European treatment regimen. With only a few weeks left in the season, it will be worth monitoring to see if Luck makes his way back to the states to provide an update in-person as the team suggested earlier in the year.
Another player who required an update is cornerback Pierre Desir, who was placed on injured reserve last week with a torn pectoral muscle. It was confirmed on Monday that he underwent successful surgery and has started his healing process.
Colts cornerback Pierre Desir underwent surgery today to repair his torn pectoral muscle, per source. All signs are good. The hope is to be back by OTAs. Desir, who really emerged this year, becomes a free agent in the spring.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) December 12, 2017
Desir and Rashaan Melvin will both enter the off-season as pending free agents whose status will have to be closely followed. Both players have played well enough to deserve to stay in Indianapolis but with pocket flush with money in 2018, Chris Ballard will likely set out on stage 2 of his aggressive team rebuild. How they fit into the picture is uncertain.
Speaking of Melvin, the medical team has fitted him with a club on his hand. He did not participate in Monday’s practice but that could change over the next couple of games. Teammate Donte Moncrief was described as week-to-week with an ankle injury. While very little is likely to be altered this late in the season, this injury reduces the chances that Moncrief will be able to make a meaningful late-season impression before he enters free agency this off-season.
The most positive injury updates are that Hassan Ridgeway and Ryan Kelly were both full participants after missing Sunday’s game. Kelly will still need to wait for an independent neurologist to clear him before he can return to the field. Ridgeway could return to the defensive line rotation if his shoulder holds up over the next couple of practices.
Both Jacoby Brissett and Frank Gore were listed on the report with injuries but both were full participants. Expect both to play on Thursday barring some kind of aggravation of their injuries in practice. Also, expect that Gore will likely rest at least one of the next two practices after setting a career high in carries on Sunday.