The Colts’ practice reports this week were sort of a mess to be perfectly honest. Denico Autry (6 sacks, 24 total tackles) was placed on the reserve/covid list earlier in the week and his production will be missed among this defensive front. When trying to get as many hits on Aaron Rodgers (26 TDs, 3 INTs), and being without Autry, the rest of this line will need to step up in a big way.
Kemoko Turay (ankle) was listed as questionable after two days of limited practice this week heading into the matchup as well. Tyquan Lewis, Grover Stewart, and Al-Quadin Muhammad were all full participants Friday, but did miss Thursday’s practice (NIR). They’ll all be heavily relied upon to make plays today, and need to be able to create constant pressure for four quarters.
Jack Doyle, Noah Togiai, Braden Smith, and Isaiah Rodgers were also all listed as questionable in this one, leaving the tight end room and the offensive line a little thin regardless of their actually game designations. The tight end room is especially banged up, and will be a large part of what Frank Reich is hoping to put together against the Packers’ defense.
With all of the team’s tight ends being on the report this week in one way or another, we should expect Reich to mix the unit in pretty liberally in this matchup.
The Colts will indeed be without right tackle Braden Smith which will leave the offensive line short today. We’ll have to see what that does to the unit’s starting rotation. Additionally, Togiai, and Rodgers also will not dress, but Doyle is active, so there’s some bright side to today’s list of inactives.
Along those same lines, Turay will go today, and the remainder of the defensive line will be good to go aside from Autry. Turay naturally brings that speed rush to the Colts’ front-four, and while he may be on a snap count, we’re all very excited to see his season’s debut.
Ben Banogu, Jacob Eason, Matthew Adams, and Dezmon Patmon round out the Colts’ inactives for Week 11.
Here are the Packers’ inactives for Week 11: