The Indianapolis Colts got a little bit healthier this week. However, they are going to miss at least four key contributors when they face the San Diego Chargers Sunday.
The Colts released their injury report Wednesday and updated the status of each individual player each day until Friday. They listed each injured player’s game status for the game against the Chargers on Saturday.
- Cornerback Darius Butler – Hamstring
- Cornerback Patrick Robinson – Concussion
- Right Guard Denzelle Good -Back
- Wide Receiver Donte Moncrief – Shoulder
- Center Ryan Kelly – Shoulder
- Cornerback Vontae Davis – Ankle
- Cornerback Antonio Cromartie – Hamstring
- Outside linebacker Trent Cole – Back
- Safety Clayton Geathers– Foot
- Safety T.J. Green – Knee
- Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton – Knee
The four players already ruled out for Sunday are all starters. The Colts will have to adjust both offensively and defensively to make up for those absences.
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It will be interesting to see how the Colts deal with Moncrief and Good absences. The team will replace Moncrief with Phillip Dorsett, but it does not have a set replacement for Good. Rumors are that fifth round rookie Joe Haeg will get the start in Good’s place.
Also, the cornerback position will once again be depleted. Butler hurt his hamstring on an interception return against the Denver Broncos. Robinson has not yet recovered from the concussion he suffered in Week 1.
As for the players listed as questionable, most of them are expected to play against the Chargers. Andrew Luck, Trent Cole, Vontae Davis and Ryan Kelly were all full participants on Friday. Also, Hilton and Geathers are expected to play even though both were limited in practice this week.
A player to watch for on Sunday is T.J. Green. He was listed as “week-to-week” with an MCL sprain by head coach Chuck Pagano a week ago. However, he fully participated in practice Friday. These signs suggest he might play Sunday.
Obviously, the loss of Butler, Robinson, Good and Moncrief is deflating, but it is important to note who is not on this injury report.
Colts’ defensive lineman Henry Anderson participated in team activities this week. As a result, he will be a ready to make his 2016 season debut.
Anderson tore his ACL in Week 9 of 2015 and has been slowly recovering from the injury. His return will be a great sight for Colts’ fans.
There is a bit of optimism for the Colts surrounding their injuries. They will be missing a few starters, but they are also getting some of their best players back.
The Colts need all the help they can get. They need a win against the Chargers to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2011 season.