The Indianapolis Colts released their inactive players list ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans.
Among those inactive are quarterback Jacob Eason, tackle Braden Smith, safety Andrew Sendejo, wide receiver Mike Strachan, defensive end Kemoko Turay, defensive tackle Chris Williams, and running back Jordan Wilkins.
Our inactives for #HOUvsIND: pic.twitter.com/P8MzOdmtf3— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 17, 2021
In place of Turay, the Colts will likely alternate between Al-Quadin Muhammad and Tyquan Lewis. Rookie first-round pick Kwity Paye, who’s missed the last couple of games with a hamstring injury, is among several key players who will return for Sunday’s game.
Additionally, cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Rock Ya-Sin, both of whom have missed time this season with different injuries and two key pieces within the Colts’ secondary, will also play against the Texans.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who was activated Saturday afternoon, will make his season debut against the Texans, according to Zak Keefer, a writer for The Athletic.
Colts WR TY Hilton is active and will play today.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) October 17, 2021
Safety Khari Willis, who’s also missed the last couple of games with a groin injury, is set to return Sunday as well. Willis’ return is crucial to a Colts secondary which has had its fair share of struggles throughout the first five weeks of the season.
As the Colts look to avoid a second 1-5 start in four seasons under head coach Frank Reich, having multiple key pieces return on both offense and defense could help make a strong impact in Sunday’s game.