The Colts’ win over Miami was ugly, and it did not come without cost. Colts insider Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports that Jack Doyle suffered what is likely to be a season ending injury and is expected to go to IR.
BREAKING: Colts tight end Jack Doyle suffers possible season-ending injury. A big blow to Indy’s offense: https://t.co/Zl0gWMSArY— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) November 26, 2018
The Colts offense has been humming since week 6, and a major component of that offense both in terms of blocking and as a reliable target for Luck has been Jack Doyle. Doyle has been overshadowed in terms of production this season by Eric Ebron, who has 12 touchdowns on the season, but his presence on the offense was definitely an important one.
Frank Reich loves to use tight ends in a variety of looks, and since Doyle’s return, this offense has been very different from what it was after he suffered a hip injury that sidelined him early in the season. His versatility and the confidence Luck had to go to him in tough situations made him an invaluable part of the offense.
The Colts started just Doyle and Ebron on Sunday due to other injuries in the tight end room. Now the question is whether the team will need to make a roster move to provide another body, because Ebron is currently the only healthy tight end on the team.
As the Colts approach a critical stretch in the schedule, the pressure is ratcheting up. While they play a Jaguars team that is going through a lot of turmoil, losing a key cog in their offense is both an emotional and logistical blow that this team will need to find a way to absorb.