The Indianapolis Colts announced their inactive players for tonight's match-up on Thursday Night Football:
Meanwhile the Texans have announced their own:
Most names on that list were expected, Marlon Mack will miss several weeks with a broken hand while both Shakial Taylor and Khari Willis suffered concussions just four days ago, hardly enough time to get out of concussion protocol. Rock Ya-Sin’s absence is unfortunate considering the recent play of the rookie. Once he is able to play with Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore the Colts defensive backfield will be a difficult unit to plan for.
Both teams welcome back explosive play-making wide receivers while suffering setbacks with their defensive backs. While the Colts are more ready to handle a banged up secondary than the Texans, getting Pierre Desir back certainly helps, having to face Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins will no doubt stress the Colts corners and safeties.
This game has massive implications for the division and the AFC playoff race. With a win the Colts take a commanding lead in the AFC South. With a loss the Colts would fall to second place and while that wouldn’t be the end of the world, being in second place in the division is hardly an enviable position to be in.
Get excited, Colts fans!