There are some pretty unnerving names on the Colts’ injury report as we near the end of the week heading into the toughest matchup in this young football season for the Colts. The defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles will have their starting quarterback Carson Wentz back on Sunday, and the Colts could be a bit thin due to injuries.
So far this week, Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), Jack Doyle (hip), T.Y. Hilton (quadriceps), Marlon Mack (hamstring), Quincy Wilson (concussion), Hassan Ridgeway (calf), and Denico Autry (ankle) haven’t practiced. Denzelle Good (knee/wrist) has been limited and Chris Milton (concussion) and Clayton Geathers (knee/elbow) were fully back in action today.
Hilton told Good Morning Football that his injury was not a big deal saying:
“I should be fine. Nothing to worry about.”
If Hilton says he is good, it is usually safe to believe him. He rarely misses time and I’d expect him to play, although him missing time does make me a bit uncomfortable.
More concerning however, is the potential loss of someone like Jack Doyle. While the tight end group is a strength, this is the toughest defensive line the Colts have faced yet, and Doyle played a big role in the blocking help that made last week’s victory possible. His loss in both blocking and the passing game are tough to replace.
Anthony Castonzo also appears to be likely to miss more time, having aggravated his hamstring injury. Based on the way he was moving against Washington, Marlon Mack might have done the same. Neither of these guys are a huge concern, Castonzo because it is not entirely a surprise and the offensive line has done really well against quality defenses so far. Mack because Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines have been valuable contributors to this point already.
Regardless, the Colts facing perhaps the toughest opponent on their schedule without a bunch of their key players is definitely less than ideal.