The Indianapolis Colts today released their final injury report for week 17 of the NFL season.
Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is QUESTIONABLE with a concussion. Pittman was a full participant both Thursday and Friday but will have to clear concussion protocol before being activated. He sustained the injury during last week’s matchup against Pittsburgh. Look for the Colts to rely more on T.Y. Hilton, Ashton Dulin, and DeMichael Harris on Sunday. Perhaps fellow rookie wideout Dezmon Patmon gets elevated before Sunday’s game, which would give Indianapolis a wideout with the same build as Pittman.
After missing the last few games with a quad injury, wideout Marcus Johnson appears to be good to go for Sunday’s matchup. His return is big for Indy’s offense, as Johnson has been fairly reliable when healthy this season. And with Pittman possibly being out, Johnson’s return means even more.
Tackle Will Holden, who injured his ankle against the Steelers last Sunday, has been ruled OUT. Holden was originally thought to be Anthony Castonzo’s temporary replacement. But now that Castonzo is out with a season-ending ankle injury and Holden is out, the team has only has a few options for replacing both players. Chaz Green and J’Marcus Webb are the two tackles who have been fill-ins this season at the left tackle spot.
The team did recently sign veteran left tackle Jared Veldheer to their practice squad and will elevate him for Sunday’s matchup against the Jaguars. Given his experience, Veldheer is another option for the Colts at that spot, too. Also, guard Quenton Nelson could be another option. Nelson did take some reps at tackle during these last few practices, according to The Athletic’s Zak Keefer.
Quenton Nelson did get reps at left tackle in practice this week for the Colts, per Frank Reich.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) January 1, 2021
Very much an option for Sunday (and a playoff game?) with Anthony Castonzo done for the year.
Both safety Khari Willis and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin have been ruled OUT, too. Both players suffered concussions during last week’s game vs Pittsburgh. Losing both Willis and Ya-Sin is certainly notable. Willis has been one of the Colts’ most consistent open-field tacklers, and while Ya-Sin may not have been playing particularly well these last few weeks, the team’s depth at corner isn’t exactly the greatest. Look for veteran’s Tavon Wilson and T.J. Carrie to take the place of both Willis and Ya-Sin Sunday afternoon.