The Indianapolis Colts announced that starting center Ryan Kelly (concussion) and starting inside linebacker Jon Bostic (knee) have been placed on the injured reserve. They will join a group of players who nearly make up a full starting squad, if you throw out that they are sprinkled across the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
On offense, the injured reserve includes franchise quarterback Andrew Luck, starting offensive linemen Ryan Kelly and Jack Mewhort, and starting tight end Erik Swoope. Non-starters who would also contribute are short-yardage and third down back Robert Turbin and wide receiver and kick return specialist Quan Bray.
On defense, the injured reserve includes starting defensive lineman Henry Anderson, starting outside linebacker John Simon, starting inside linebacker Jon Bostic, starting cornerback Pierre Desir, and starting rookie safety Malik Hooker. It also includes a player who would have likely competed for starting repetitions at inside linebacker in Edwin Jackson and would also likely have included former starting cornerback Vontae Davis if he wasn’t released.
There are some players who remain on the team but who are less than 100 percent and will likely remain that way for the remainder of the season. Starting cornerback Rashaan Melvin has been trying to come back from a dislocated metatarsal in his left hand and even if he does come back will have to play with a cast to protect the injury. Starting wide receiver Donte Moncrief has missed time with an ankle injury that has cost him two games, starting rookie nickel corner Nate Hairston returned to practice today with a red non-contact jersey and remains in the concussion protocol, and rookie tight end Darrell Daniels has a missed time due to a hamstring injury.
Do not be surprised if more players are placed on injured reserve this week. With only two games remaining and having been eliminated from the playoffs, the Colts have no incentive to rush back players who they consider to be a likely part of their future or who they have determined definitely will not be a part of that future. We won’t have the luxury of knowing which players fit into which category but an end of the year look at players on their radar becomes more valuable than having starters who are suffering from injuries rush back to the field.
In the place of Jon Bostic and Ryan Kelly, the Colts have signed guard Mark Glowinski off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks and signed defensive tackle Caraun Reid. It should come as no surprise that the front office continues to target players who have been released by the Seahawks as Ed Dodds is Vice President of Player Personnel and made it his business to evaluate players in Seattle before he jointed Chris Ballard’s staff. Glowinski was Seattle’s fourth round draft pick in 2015 and started 16 games for the Seahawks in 2016 at left guard. He lost his starting job in 2017 but is still only 25 years-old and has starting experience.
Similar to Glowinski, Caraun Reid has NFL starting experience and has played in 26 games since he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He is 26 years old and may be worth a look as Indianapolis prepares for the upcoming off-season and extending futures contracts.