Following a week in which the Indianapolis Colts lost T.Y. Hilton, Denico Autry, and Tyquan Lewis for portions of the game, and have now lost Malik Hooker for several weeks for a knee injury he didn’t leave the game for, this week’s injury report was expected to look pretty crowded.
That’s exactly what we’re seeing for today’s designations.
Pierre Desir missed practice but it does not look like he will miss any game action and should be ready to go on Sunday, as he will likely cover Raiders #1 receiver Tyrell Williams.
T.Y Hilton re-aggravated his quad injury against the Falcons, and in his words, his status to play against the Raiders is up in the air. Hilton has played through pain time and time again, as he is one of the toughest receivers in the League, so I’m feeling confident on his chances of at least suiting up.
Malik Hooker underwent surgery after tearing his meniscus against the Falcons and should be back with the Colts in 4-6 weeks. Reich stated that IR was not even in consideration for him, so expect him back later in the season.
Ryan Kelly’s illness is a bit mysterious, let’s just hope he does not have mono, hopefully he is back in practice tomorrow.
All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard continues sidelined because of a concussion that caused him to miss the Falcons’ game. Given how solid Okereke was, I would not rush him back just yet, but we’ll see.
Tyquan Lewis banged up his ankle against the Falcons and missed practice today. This could just be a precaution, as the defensive line is a bit ragged as of today, so his status for Sunday is worth monitoring.
Al-Qadin Muhammad’s status is quite similar to that of Lewis, but a neck injury sounds quite more complicated than an ankle one, so he might miss more practice time.
On a more positive note, defensive end Jabaal Sheard had limited practice as he continues to rehab his knee, and his return seems closer each day. The Colts are in desperate need of a pass-rusher opposite Houston and Sheard is also an excellent run defender, so the Colts will be expecting him with open arms.