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The Indianapolis Colts limp into the last week of training camp

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No team makes it through the summer without suffering some kinds of bumps and bruises along the way. The Colts have been no exception and have a group of players that are dealing with injuries that have cost them time on the field.

Primary Injuries

At this time, there are three primary players whose injury status may or will result in missed regular season games. Clayton Geathers will start the season on the physically unable to perform list and will have to sit out the first six weeks. Quarterback Andrew Luck is progressing through his throwing program and is now throwing a football but the team cannot yet commit to him starting in Los Angeles.

It was also just released that tight end Erik Swoope went through minor knee surgery to clean things up, likely a scope, and the recovery time can be as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks.

Minor Injuries

Wide receiver Donte Moncrief suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice last week and sat out the first preseason game against Detroit. He has returned to practice, however, and was primarily held out as a precaution to allow the shoulder additional time to heal. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett has been dealing with nagging hamstring injuries that impacted him during summer camp and has carried over into training camp. He will likely return at some point this week.

Inside linebacker Jon Bostic suffered a fractured finger and should return this week after having a plate put in it. Inside linebacker Antonio Morrison suffered a groin injury and is also projected to return to practice this week. Running back Marlon Mack suffered a shoulder injury last week and may also return this week.

The offensive line has been nicked up pretty bad to this point in camp. Joe Haeg has missed a lot of practice with an undisclosed injury. Ryan Kelly suffered a foot injury and will not be back on the practice field this week but should be back before the season opener. Backup guard Denzelle Good suffered an injury prior to the preseason game against Detroit. Finally, free agent addition Brian Schwenke started training camp on the physically unable to perform list and no timetable or details have been provided about his possible return.

Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins also missed the first preseason game but should be back at practice today and likely would have played during the regular season. Inside linebacker Sean Spence left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and did not return to the field. Finally, Rashaan Melvin has missed time due to an undisclosed injury. He may return to the practice field this week.

Offensive Line Shuffling Imminent?

The Colts kicked the tires on former Pro Bowl center Jeremy Zuttah after his release from the San Francisco 49ers. The team claims is has nothing to do with Ryan Kelly’s status, which is probably true, but I think it is smart to figure out the best options available given that the top two assumed centers on the depth chart are both missing significant time due to injury.

Given the performance of some of the young depth players on the Colts roster on Sunday and the injuries holding out important pieces, expect to see the Colts actively reported with available offensive linemen.

Young Colts Making a Positive Impression on Sunday

Pro Football Focus released a story breaking down the top five performers using their metrics from Sundays game between the Lions and Colts. The positive takeaways for the Colts include T.Y. McGill with the strongest pass rush grade on the team. Zach Banner received high marks and had the third highest pass block grade — which is something there was concern about given his size and ability to mirror edge rushers.

Edwin Jackson led the team in defensive stops and made a solid case for his spot on the roster and primary role in the rotation. Troymaine Pope played well, scoring the Colts lone touchdown as time expired and forcing two missed tackles. Finally, Adam Redmond reached a positive grade for his efforts on the day.

We will be keeping a closer eye on these players and breaking down film to dig a little deeper in the coming days and weeks.