The Indianapolis Colts‘ secondary was already decimated by injuries entering their matchup with the Detroit Lions. Now, they are dealing with more injuries following their 39-35 loss.
Specifically, rookie safety TJ Green and veteran cornerback Patrick Robinson are their primary concerns. Both guys left the Lions’ game early with injuries. Head coach Chuck Pagano elaborated on both players’ health Monday.
Green suffered a mild MCL sprain, and Pagano classified him as “week to week.” Meanwhile, Robinson suffered a concussion and is currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
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With both these injuries, Green and Robinson will probably not suit up in their team’s Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos.
Green probably will not be ready to play until Week 3. According to doctors and medical websites, the average recovery time from a mild MCL sprain ranges from two to six weeks.
Meanwhile, there is no guarantee Robinson play Sunday. Concussions are always tricky, and getting cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol can take longer than a week sometimes.
This injury news is really unfortunate for the Colts because they really thin at cornerback and safety right now.
They ended up relying on third-string safety Winston Guy, who is primarily a special teams player, Sunday. Also, backups Rashaan Melvin and Matthias Farley got playing time against the Lions. Both guys have been Colts for less than two weeks.
The secondary looks less than ideal right now, but on the bright side, it appears help is on the way.
The Colts are expecting Clayton Geathers and Darius Butler to return to practice Wednesday. Geathers had been out with a foot injury since the start of training camp while an ankle injury prevented Butler from playing against the Lions.
Geathers is returning to practice on a limited basis, which means he might not be ready to play against the Broncos. Remember, he has not practiced with the team since OTAs and minicamp. Nonetheless, Geathers returning to the practice field is a big deal.
On the other hand, Butler should be ready to play and will welcomed back with open arms. He will probably replace Robinson if Robinson is not cleared from the concussion protocol by Sunday. Butler can also play safety, if the team needs him to.
The Colts get hit by the injury bug like no other team in the NFL. Injuries were a key factor to their disappointing 2015 season. It looks like injuries will once again influence their season in 2016.