The Indianapolis Colts are set to travel to the Baltimore Ravens Saturday for their Week 16 matchup, and now have officially ruled out at least 4 as they attempt to rebound from some pitiful performances as of late.
Moncrief, Williams, Melvin and Good are ruled out for Saturday’s game. Pagano expects Moncrief back on the field Wednesday. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) December 21, 2017
Donte Moncrief hasn’t been on the field the last two weeks due to an ankle injury, Rashaan Melvin who hasn’t played since jacking up his hand in Week 12 and Denzelle Good who had just gotten back on the field in Week 10 along with Brandon Williams will all be sidelined this week. There’s been real speculation as to whether Moncrief will see the field again as a Colts, but Chuck Pagano appears to believe he will be back next week. For the record, we heard the same last week from the Colts fearless leader.
Melvin is struggling to come back from what looked to be a major injury to his right hand following an interception against the Tennessee Titans in Week 12. Though he likely wants to play as the season closes on a contract year for him in which he’s played extremely well, it almost seems silly for him to risk further injury by playing with only 2 games left in the season.
Good is in a sticky situation as well. He’s been out most of the season and average linemen often get turned over during offseasons due to the draft and free agency — especially with new management transitioning the roster in his vision. Williams spent several scary minutes on the turf last week following what seemed to be a routine block on a punt and it seems as though he may likely sit next week as well given his medical history.
Additionally, Nate Hairston still has to complete the concussion protocol this week if he has any hopes of playing and Johnathan Hankins was also one of those who were out in Wednesday’s practice for the team.
Today’s full injury report will be posted when it is available.