The Indianapolis Colts host the Cincinnati Bengals tomorrow and we have a good idea of who will and won’t play. The Bengals are likely to be without at least three key players while the Colts are looking surprisingly healthy.
Defensive tackle Arthur Jones finally returned to practice this week. He suffered a high ankle sprain that required him to be carted off the field in Week Two. Jones was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but a full participant in practice on Friday.
Jones is listed as questionable for Sunday and it wouldn’t be surprising if the coaches erred on the side of caution and sat him for another week. The defense has played very well without him, but his addition to the field would help shore up the run defense.
Rookie guard Jack Mewhort returned to practice this week after being out with an ankle sprain. He was a full participant all week and will likely start this week.
Safety Mike Adam was limited this week with a, you guessed it, ankle injury. He is listed as probable for tomorrow.
Guard Hugh Thornton was out last week with a back injury, but returned to practice this week. He didn’t have a full practice till Friday but is listed as probable for Sunday.
Right tackle Gosder Cherilus was out Wednesday with a knee injury, but practiced in full the next two days. He is probable against the Bengals.
Two veterans appeared on the injury report this week but were merely kept out of practice for rest. Reggie Wayne got his customary Wednesday off while it looks like Erik Walden was off two days this week.
Bengals Injury Report
DE Wallace Gilberry – Probable, Eye
WR A.J. Green – Doubtful, Toe
S George Iloka – Probable, Groin
WR Marvin Jones – Out, Ankle (put on IR this week)
LB Emmanuel Lamur – Doubtful, Shoulder
LB Rey Maualuga – Out, Hamstring
G/C Mike Pollak – Probable, Knee
OT Andre Smith – Probable, Shoulder
DT Brandon Thompson – Doubtful, Knee
G Kevin Zeitler – Probable, Calf
Give it up to the Bengals for having some diversity among injuries. Green may be listed as doubtful, but it is extremely unlikely that he’ll play. With Jones finally sent to IR there will be a lot of pressure on the depleted wide receiver corps to step up for a second week in a row.