The Indianapolis Colts have released their inactive list ahead of the SNF matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
Among those inactive include quarterback Sam Ehlinger, guard Will Fries, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, tackle Braden Smith, defensive end Kemoko Turay, running back Jordan Wilkins, and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.
Our inactives for #INDvsSF. pic.twitter.com/fYnZZWGhvO— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 24, 2021
Both Hilton and Ya-Sin played key roles in last Sunday’s 31-3 victory over the Houston Texans. While Hilton is dealing with a quad injury, Meanwhile, Ya-Sin re-aggravated the same ankle which has already kept him out for multiple weeks this season.
With Ya-Sin out, veteran cornerback Darqueze Dennard, whom the team just recently signed, could see some playing time. Julian Blackmon, who tore his Achilles during Wednesday’s practice and is out for the remainder of the season, is expected to be replaced by Andrew Sendejo and George Odum, according to JJ Stankevitz.
Stankevitz also adds that both Sendejo and Odum will alternate at safety throughout Sunday’s game.
Frank Reich says the @Colts will trade in and out Andrew Sendejo and George Odum at safety with Julian Blackmon out. Josh Jones, who was signed to the practice squad this week, is in more of a reserve/emergency role as he learns the defense. https://t.co/MVwsTg2je5— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) October 24, 2021
Defensive end Kemoko Turay will miss a second straight game. Look for Tyquan Lewis and Al Quadin-Muhammad to split the role of Turay during the game Sunday.
Tackle Braden Smith, who did return to practice on a limited basis later in the week, will miss his fifth straight game. Matt Pryor continues to fill in nicely for Smith, but the Colts have to wonder if missing their star right tackle will impact pass protection when going up against Dee Ford and Nick Bosa.
Lastly, there is good news for fans, as the Colts are getting back starting guard Quenton Nelson, who’s missed the last three weeks with an ankle injury. Given the weather that’s been reported to take place, I’d suspect Indy will rely on star running back Jonathan Taylor quite a bit, and having Nelson back out there gives a huge boost to their offensive line.