While Indianapolis Colts’ head coach Chuck Pagano said it’s “too soon to tell” whether veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne will play on Monday night, the team did receive a positive development regarding Wayne’s status on Friday.
Wayne was a full-participant in Friday’s practice, signaling that his elbow issues may be behind him. He missed last Sunday’s game because of a sore elbow and missed yesterday’s practice for “rest” purposes. However, signs are pointing that #87 may very well be laced up for Monday night.
Oct 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the second half of their game at Heinz Field. Walden had to leave the game early because of a hip injury. The Steelers won the game, 51-34. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
In other injury news, Vontae Davis was also a full participant in Friday’s practice, and all indications are that he’ll be “ready to go” for Monday night.
A Colts’ defensive starter who may not be as fortunate is OLB Erik Walden, who’s nursing a sore hip and had to leave last Sunday’s game early. He did not practice on Friday and hasn’t all week. His status is officially listed as “week-to-week”.
If Walden is out of the lineup, the defense will likely turn to rookie OLB Jonathan Newsome, who has 7 tackles and 1 sack on the season, as the replacement starter. Back-up OLB Andy Studebaker could also see some rotational time in the defensive lineup.
With OLB Robert Mathis already out for the season and now Walden potentially out for Monday night, the Colts really can’t afford to have anymore injuries at the outside linebacker position as they are already quite thin, missing both of their projected starters.