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Colts Head Coach Frank Reich Week 12 Post-Game Conference Call

Green Bay Packers v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich had his weekly conference call Monday with the media and gave several updates.

The biggest news/update of today is about Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez. Sanchez learned last week that he had a cancerous tumour in his leg. Sanchez will have surgery on the tumour tomorrow and likely be out for awhile. Sanchez still managed to play Sunday even after learning of his tumour, with clearance from the team doctors.

With Sanchez likely out awhile whilst he has treatment for his cancer the Colts will need a new punter. According to Reich, Colts General Manager Chris Ballard is already in the process of doing so and managed to get a short list of punters together and the process is ongoing to sign one. Ballard is always prepared, especially when it comes to scouting player talent so this should come as no surprise to Colts fans.

Frank Reich gave an injury update on LT Anthony Castonzo who was injured during the game and couldn’t finish. Reich says Castonzo has a MCL sprain but that the timetable for his return is up in the air as the Colts need to see how the week falls out. Reich did not rule Castonzo out for this weeks game against the Titans.

If Castonzo cannot play this week then the Colts will need to find a replacement for him at left tackle. Reich says the team have discussed every option and making sure they are doing their due diligence in the decision. Reich mentioned one option of moving RT Braden Smith to LT to try to lessen a potential blow of Castonzo missing the game Sunday. When Castonzo went down injured in the Titans game it affected the Colts offense massively and it was one of many reasons the Colts ended up losing the game. The Colts need a better plan than Le’Raven Clark at LT as it did not work in the Titans game or against the Browns earlier in the season.

Frank Reich gave an update on the Colts COVID-19 situation. Defensive tackle was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday last week and was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Buckner missed the Titans game due to his positive test. Reich said that Buckner can return Saturday providing he has no symptoms. Defensive end Denico Autry was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list before the Packers game in week 11 and ended up missing both the Packer and Titans games. Reich said that Autry is available to return this week. Finally Jonathan Taylor was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday after being in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. However, Reich said as Taylor himself was not a positive test he can return on Thursday providing he tests negative this week.

Reich then went onto talk about safety Khari Willis and running back Jordan Wilkins who left the Titans game with injuries. Wilkins managed to return and finish the game but Willis did not, even though it was reported he could have if needed. Reich said both are pretty banged up but that both are tough guys and that it is too early to make estimation if they can play this week. The Colts will certainly need both Willis and Wilkins against the Texans Sunday. Willis is an unsung member of the secondary and Wilkins may end up being part of a two man back field Sunday if Taylor is unavailable.