Coming off of the embarrassing Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Colts have found themselves in a position where there is no hope for a postseason bid, yet they’re still hoping to make some strides as a roster.
The Colts will matchup with the Carolina Panthers this Sunday, and beyond all else, this is a very winnable game for the Colts regardless of who steps on the field to be perfectly honest.
Yesterday, Denico Autry was out due to being in the league’s concussion protocol, cornerback Kenny Moore II was also still sidelined as he has been, and Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson were also non-participants yesterday due to hand, and shoulder issues respectively. Linebacker, Anthony Walker was limited yesterday as well.
This, of course, comes on a day in which the team didn’t actually ‘practice’ to begin with, but what would have occurred had the team been doing more than just a walk-through for the day.
Today, the Colts did actually practice, however, the report mirrors yesterday’s exactly. Given time frames for previous concussion issues it feels extremely unlikely that Autry can go Sunday which will force the D-line to rotate in more faces against the Panthers.
It’s a shame Moore doesn’t appear to be progressing enough to be ready, and Wilson — though he’s been largely unproductive this year— would be why the Colts made a move at the position yesterday. The Colts could really use Walker to get healthy but if he isn’t, it would likely present Bobby Okereke with a much larger role this weekend.
Hooker, though he’s important, has a healthy safety corps to assist in a pinch as well.