Both cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Andrew Sendejo are in the NFL’s concussion protocol, according to Colts’ head coach Frank Reich.
The Colts have dealt with their fair share of injuries across the board this season, and now they’ve added two more to the list in Rhodes in Sendejo. At one point during Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, the entire Indianapolis secondary, aside from slot cornerback Kenny Moore, consisted of backup players.
Rhodes just recently returned to the team after dealing with a calf injury during the first two weeks of the season, but now is in jeopardy of potentially missing Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
Sendejo, meanwhile, had been filling in for Khari Willis, and could also potentially miss Sunday’s game as well.
We saw what a depleted Colts’ secondary looked like against the Ravens Monday night. Let’s just say there’s a reason both of the backups who came in to replace Rhodes and Sendejo are backups at the NFL level.
Without both Rhodes in Sendejo in the lineup Sunday, that could mean Indy turns to BoPete Keyes, Anthony Chesley or George Odum to start at both of their respective positions.
If the Colts are able to have both cornerback Rock Ya-Sin and safety Khari Willis return to the starting lineup, that would drastically strengthen their secondary a ton in a key game against a division rival.
Sure, the argument could be made that both Ya-Sin and Willis haven’t played that well when starting, but, hey, that’s better than the alternative, right? At least the Colts know what they’re getting in both starters and their capabilities versus starting two backups with little-to-no NFL experience.
Even against a dysfunctional Texans’ team, the Colts are still going to want as many healthy secondary starters as possible for Sunday’s game, as they’ll look to earn their second win of the season.