Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, per ESPN Colts’ reporter, Stephen Holder.
Update: The Colts' injury report now lists Michael Pittman Jr. as "questionable." But it is unrelated to the concussion. He was limited in today's practice because of a shoulder injury.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) December 22, 2023
Do I think he'll play? Probably. But in the interest of accuracy I wanted to be clear. https://t.co/EDmLQv8iP8
After hauling in four receptions for 78 yards, Pittman Jr. exited Indianapolis’ Week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and did not return due to the concussion injury. Friday’s practice offered a closer look into Pittman Jr’s status. The veteran receiver did practice for a second straight day in a non-red jersey, but he was ultimately limited with a shoulder injury and listed as questionable.
#Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (thumb) and WR Michael Pittman Jr. (concussion) are practicing for the second straight day. Pittman is not in a red jersey, meaning again that he’s been cleared for full contact in practice.— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) December 22, 2023
We’ll get an official update from HC Shane Steichen soon.
Potentially having Pittman Jr. back in the starting lineup would be massive for the Colts’ offense, which faces one of the NFL’s better pass defenses in going up against the Falcons. Pittman Jr. is on pace to set career-highs in both receiving yards and touchdowns for the season, and he’s been a reliable, go-to target for Colts’ veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew as well.
Through 14 games, Pittman Jr. has 99 receptions for 1,062 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 10.7 yards per reception. With Indy’s top receiving target potentially available for Sunday’s game, he could look to add to those totals and could help the Colts secure their ninth win of the season.