For the second-straight week, the Indianapolis Colts will have a handful of players not playing due to injuries. In total, at least five regulars will miss today’s matchup with the Denver Broncos.
The Colts released their injury report Wednesday and updated it each day until Friday. They listed each injured player’s game status on Saturday.
- Defensive Tackle Henry Anderson – Knee
- Cornerback Vontae Davis – Ankle
- Safety T.J. Green – Knee
- Cornerback Patrick Robinson – Concussion
- Outside linebacker Trent Cole – Back (Did not travel to Denver with team)
- Cornerback Darius Butler – Ankle
- Cornerback Antonio Cromartie – Hamstring
- Safety Clayton Geathers– Foot
- Nose Tackle Zach Kerr – Foot
- Defensive Tackle Kendall Langford – Knee
- Outside Linebacker Robert Mathis – Foot
All of the Colts’ injuries are on the defensive side of the ball. In particular, their cornerbacks and safeties have been devastated by injuries.
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As expected, Davis and Green will not play this afternoon. Meanwhile, Robinson was a longshot to play because it was going to take a while for him to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Indianapolis will need their “questionable” players Butler, Cromartie and Geathers to contribute in some form today. The team’s defense will be severely hampered without these three.
It is important to note Geathers has not seen significant field action (practice or game) since minicamp. He came into training camp with a foot injury, which he suffered while training on his own.
Another area of concern is the Colts’ outside linebackers. Trent Cole is listed as doubtful, but he did not travel with the team to Denver. Meanwhile, the team’s top pass rusher Robert Mathis is hampered with an injury.
If they do not have Mathis and Cole, it will be a real struggle for them to generate any pressure on Broncos’ quarterback Trevor Siemian.
Overall, this injury report does look great for the Colts. Their defense was already struggling at full strength. These injuries only make things worse.
Hopefully, the Colts will have all of their “questionable” players available today. If not, the defending Super Bowl Champion Broncos could blow them out early this afternoon.