The Indianapolis Colts official injury report today has listed starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus as “out” for Sunday, and both wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and Vontae Davis as “questionable”. Additionally of significant importance is that offensive guards Hugh Thornton (knee) and Joe Reitz (ankle) are also officially “out”.
Sep 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
With Reitz normally serving as the Colts’ primary back-up at both tackle spots, it means that Xavier Nixon will likely be making his first start this season for the team at right tackle. The former 2013 undrafted free agent out of Florida University has appeared in six games for the Colts over the past two seasons, making one previous start last season.
It’s looking increasingly unlikely that T.Y. Hilton will be able to lace them up for Sunday. In his absence, look for both Donte Moncrief and Hakeem Nicks to assume a larger role within the offense. Also, fans can expect to see a more heavy usage of the Colts’ tight ends, specifically having Coby Fleener lined to the outside as a wide receiver in more offensive formations.
Compared to Hilton on the “questionable” front, Vontae Davis looks much more likely to play. The Colts’ shutdown cornerback is currently battling a groin injury, but it looks as though he actually has a good chance of playing on Sunday.
The Colts’ secondary will need him, as they’re going up against Dallas Cowboys’ superstar wideout Dez Bryant, who’s one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. On the season, Bryant has 79 receptions for 1,148 yards and 13 touchdowns. Vontae Davis has yet to allow a touchdown to a wide receiver in coverage, so it will be a battle of two of the elite players in the NFL if the two actually get to line up against one another come Sunday.
Josh Cribbs (rest)- Probable
Erik Walden (knee)-Probable
Reggie Wayne (rest)-Probable