The Indianapolis Colts host the Houston Texans this Sunday. It looks like both team’s will be missing important members of their roster this week.
It is an interesting move as A.Q. Shipley played extremely well at center with Harrison out last week. We also saw Khaled Holmes play well at right guard once Reitz left the game and having Louis jump over him is surprising.
It appears that Vontae Davis will play on Sunday after suffering a concussion nearly two weeks ago. He is listed as probable but is still going through the concussion protocol.
Safety Mike Adams has dealt with a sore back that has kept him out of at least one practice for the past couple weeks. He is listed as probable for Sunday though.
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson out on Wednesday with a rib injury, but practiced the rest of the week. He’s probable for Sunday.
Erik Walden worked his way into practice over the course of the week and has been battling a knee injury for a few weeks now. He hasn’t missed time and is probable for Sunday.
Tackle Xavier Nixon has been out for a few weeks with a foot injury but practiced all week. With the recent rash of injuries to the offensive line, the Colts could need him come Sunday.
Texans Injury Report
TE Garrett Graham – Ankle
OLB Whitney Mercilus – Back
G Xavier Su’a-Filo – Back
WR Andre Johnson – Concussion
T Tyson Clabo – Foot
ILB Brian Cushing – Back/Ankle
ILB Akeem Dent – Neck
RB – Arian Foster – Groin
CB Kareem Jackson – Knee
CB Johnathan Joseph – Knee/Achilles
S Danieal Manning – Hamstring
ILB Jeff Tarpinian – Knee
While Johnson might be questionable, he is still going through the concussion protocol. He suffered a nasty hit last weekend and was clearly unconscious before he hit the turf. He’s being called a game time decision.
Mercilus not playing is a huge blow to the Texans defense. He has six tackles, two for a loss, and five QB hurries in the first meeting with the Colts. Pro Football Focus gave him the second highest grade on the Texans defense for that game (behind J.J. Watt, of course).