Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich had his weekly conference call Monday with the media and gave several updates.
Colts injury updates: Darius Leonard (back) and Xavier Rhodes (leg) don't appear to be serious, per Frank Reich. Team will monitor as the week progresses but doesn't sound like it'll keep them from playing Sunday vs. Houston.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) December 14, 2020
Frank Reich spoke on the injury status on those who were injured on Sunday. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was forced to leave the game with a knee injury he picked up. Reich said his injury didn’t appear serious but the team will monitor him throughout the week. Linebacker Darius Leonard left the game Sunday with a back injury and didn’t return to the game. Reich again said it didn’t appear to be a serious injury and he will be monitored as the week progresses. Reich went on to say that both injuries don’t sound like they will keep either Rhodes or Leonard from playing Sunday against the Texans.
Frank Reich on Jordan Glasgow (COVID-19 list): "We were able to get him back last night on a private charter."— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) December 14, 2020
The Colts announced before the Raiders game that they had placed linebacker Jordan Glasgow on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Glasgow therefore endede up missing the game but was already in Las Vegas so the team had to get him back to Indianapolis safely by private charter. Glasgow will now be out while he self isolates and could also miss the Texans game Sunday. Glasgow is a key special teams player and will be missed in that phase of the game.
Idea to use Quenton Nelson as an emergency tackle started with Nelson getting reps on scout team.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) December 14, 2020
Colts gave him some LT reps late last week in case Castonzo couldn't go.
Left tackle Anthony Castonzo was active for the game but only lasted a handful of snaps before having to head to the locker room to receive treatment to his knee. In Castonzo’s absence the Colts tried offensive tackle at left tackle but that didn’t work out and he was benched in favour of Quenton Nelson. Nelson slid over from his normal left guard position to man the left tackle spot and he played very well holding his own in a unfamiliar position. Reich said today that the idea for Nelson to be an emergency tackle began with Nelson getting reps on the scout team. The Colts gave Nelson left tackle reps late last week in case Castonzo was unable to play. With Green playing poorly and Clark on injured reserve the Colts were left with no other choice but to slide Nelson over and it looked very effective, Nelson may have just earned himself the future emergency tackle role.
Frank Reich, asked whether Philip Rivers can go another year: "The way he's playing right now... We said it when he got here, if he wants it, he's got multiple years of good football in him."— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) December 14, 2020
Frank Reich was asked whether Philip Rivers could play another year with the Colts in 2021. Reich replied saying that with how Rivers is playing right now coupled with the Colts already saying when Rivers came to Indianapolis that if he wanted to he could as he has multiple years of good football still in him. Rivers is playing exceptionally well at the moment, passing the ball well and not turning the ball over, there is no real reason for the Colts to not try to bring Rivers back next year as the teams quarterback.