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Colts Injury Report: 5 Starters Miss Practice

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts today released their Tuesday injury report for week 11 of the NFL season.

Tight end Trey Burton and defensive end Justin Houston returned to practice fully today. Both Burton and Houston missed practice yesterday due to a rest day. Burton had been getting rest days due to a calf injury earlier in the year which landed him on injured reserve. Houston was also getting regular rest days due to durability and age.

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo continued to miss practice today. Castonzo injured his MCL against the Titans and although he hasn’t been placed on injured reserve the Colts have let Castonzo dictate how he progresses through the injury. Castonzo is looking very unlikely to play Sunday against the Texans.

Offensive tackle Chaz Green missed practice again today with a back injury. Green is a vital back up offensive lineman and could have potentially been an option to replace Castonzo at left tackle but it looks very unlikely he plays Sunday unless he can practice in some capacity tomorrow.

Linebacker Bobby Okereke missed practice for a second day in a row with an ankle injury. Okereke hasn’t practice sine before the Packers game and his chances of playing are slipping away. Okereke is a vital part of the defense and will be missed Sunday if he can’t go like he was against the Titans.

Quarterback Philip Rivers managed to practice in a limited capacity today. Rivers missed practice yesterday due to a toe injury. Rivers initially injured his toe against the Packers and has been missing practices ever since. The Colts media spoke to Quenton Nelson today who revealed that Rivers was suffering with a pretty significant toe injury but Rivers continued to play it down. Rivers is a very tough player and will likely play through the pain than miss a game but he is still one to monitor.

Punter Rigoberto Sanchez missed practice today with an illness. Sanchez revealed earlier in the week that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his leg. Sanchez had surgery to remove the tumour on Tuesday. The Colts signed free agent punter Ryan Allen today as cover for Sanchez if he can’t play Sunday. It is looking very unlikely he will be available this week.

Safety Khari Willis missed practice today with back and quad injuries. Willis has missed practice twice this week and is in danger of missing Sundays game. Willis is a key defensive player and will be a big miss if he can’t go Sunday. Willis will need to practice in some capacity tomorrow if he wants to stand a chance of facing the Texans.

Wide receiver Zach Pascal practice fully today after being limited yesterday with a knee injury. Pascal has improved his chances of playing Sunday. Pascal is one of the teams top options at receiver and also a big contributor on special teams.

Defensive end Kemoko Turay continues to be limited in practice this week with an ankle injury. Turay is still working his way back from the ankle injury that ended his season early last year. The Colts need all the pass rush help they can get and Turay’s pure speed edge rushing ability would be a huge help in getting to Deshaun Watson Sunday.

Center Ryan Kelly (neck), running back Jordan Wilkins (ribs) and cornerback/kick returner Isaiah Rodgers (knee) all practice fully for the second day in a row. All look very likely to play Sunday against the Texans.

Jack Doyl missed practice today with a scheduled rest day. Doyle has been getting sporadic rest days as maintenance days to help him with durability and age.

Defensive lineman Denico Autry returned to practice todat but was limited due to illness. Autry was on the Reserve/COVID-19 list until today when he was acitivated. Autry has a very good chance to feature Sunday after missing the last two games due to COVID-19 issues.