The Indianapolis Colts handled the Tennessee Titans in their first meeting of the season to take over the lead in the AFC South. This second matchup, however, sees the Colts very short-handed with their top defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, team sack leader Denico Autry, and rookie Jonathan Taylor all out of the lineup today. Additionally, Bobby Okereke is also not going to suit up today.
Making matters worse, center Ryan Kelly was recently downgraded to OUT, and Zach Pascal, Quentin Nelson, Philip Rivers, Khari Willis, and Anthony Walker were all listed as questionable heading into this pivotal divisional, post-Thanksgiving matchup.
Any way you look at it, the Colts are undermanned today against one of the most dangerous running games in the NFL. We’ll definitely see whether or not guys like Tyquan Lewis, Kemoko Turay, and Al-Quadin Muhammad are prepared to carry the defense with so many important players on the shelf.
The offense is obviously not without its issues in this one as well. If the Colts can pull this one out against a quality Titans’ squad, this team may just be more prepared to enter the post season than any of us previously gave them credit for.
A bit of a surprise inactive today is Ben Banogu. With linebackers out, and a defensive line that needs a spark today, Banogu’s healthy inactive feels as though he has fallen out of the good graces of the Colts’ brass.
Some good news associated with the injury report through the week, though, is that Walker, Pascal, Rivers, and Willis will all go today — and they’re all needed for the Colts to remain competitive.
Here are the Titans’ inactives for Week 12:
There are some interesting names on the shelf for the Titans as well today.