The Indianapolis Colts today released their Wednesday injury report for week 11 of the NFL season.
Wednesday’s injury report for #INDvsLV. pic.twitter.com/tcab7UG1bo— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) December 9, 2020
Defensive lineman Denico Autry, tight end Trey Burton and defensive end Justin Houston all missed practice today with a scheduled rest day. Autry was only activated off the Reserve/Covid-19 list before the the Texans game after being on the list for two weeks. Burton and Houston continue to miss Monday practices each week with a scheduled rest day.
Offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo missed practice today with a knee injury. Castonzo injured his knee and was later diagnosed with a MCL injury. Castonzo has been unable to practice since and looks unlikely to feature again this week unless he can practice at some point this week.
Defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis missed practice today with a hip injury. Lewis has been a key rotational piece along the defensive line and has been having a great breakout year this year after struggling earlier in his NFL career. Hopefully Lewis can ramp up his practice capacity and play Sunday.
Quarterback Philip Rivers did not practice today due to a toe injury. Rivers has been struggling with a toe injury since the Packers game in week 11. Rivers has been playing since the injury but continues to be rested during the week in practice to ensure he plays Sunday’s.
Safety Khari Willis missed practice today with back and quad injuries. Willis missed his first game of the season due to the two injuries on Sunday against the Texans. Willis is the teams starting safety and is a big part of the secondary playing well against both the run and pass. While Tavon Wilson had a solid showing against the Texans as Willis replacement, Willis is still needed and a big defensive player for the Colts. Hopefully Willis can practice at some point this week and return to the game day starting line up Sunday agains the Raiders.
Linebacker Bobby Okereke managed to return to practice today for the first time in the last two week, although it was limited. Okereke has been struggling with an ankle injury he picked up against the Packers in week 11. Okereke hasn’t been able to play since week 11 so it is a positive sign to see him able to practice in some capacity today. Hopefully he can return to the game day starting line up on Sunday.
Offensive tackle Braden Smith was limited in practice today with a groin injury. Smith is having an amazing season and has only missed one game this year due to a thumb injury. The Colts really cannot afford any more injuries on the offensive line as they are already currently down two offensive tackles with Anthony Castonzo suffering from a MCL injury and Le’Raven Clark on injured reserve with an achilles injury. Smith will be one to keep a close eye on this week.
Defensive end Kemoko Turay was limited in practice today with an ankle injury. The Colts continue to take a slow and steady approach with Turay as he works his way back from the ankle injury that ended his season early last year. Turay is also on a snap count in games to make sure he doesn’t have an injury setback at this crucial point in the season.
Linebacker Anthony Walker was limited today with a rib injury. Walker has been taking up a more prominent role on defense with fellow linebacker Bobby Okereke missing the last two games. Walker has been staying on the field for a much high percentage of defensive snaps in Okereke’s absence and is an important part of the Colts defense with Okereke’s availability for Sunday looking uncertain.