The Indianapolis Colts head east to face the New England Patriots this weekend in the AFC Championship game. Both team’s have held out players this week but the injury reports are surprisingly light this late in the season.
Davis is has a knee injury he apparently suffered against the Broncos. He left the game briefly but was able to return for the second half. At the time it appeared he had the wind knocked out of him after attempting to make a diving interception.
Toler is dealing with a groin injury. He missed a large portion of last season with a similar injury. Both Toler and Davis were limited all week in practice and are officially listed as questionable for Sunday.
Coach Chuck Pagano is confident that both players will suit up for the AFC Championship game.
“We’re just taking care of them,” Pagano said. “We’re just trying to make the best decisions to get them to Sunday healthy and ready to go. So it wouldn’t be wise to do certain things right now and risk that.”
It certainly sounds like both will play but how effective they will be remains to be seen. And Pagano said they’d “absolutely” be on the field.
Outside linebacker Erik Walden practiced for most of the week and is probable with a knee injury. He has dealt with and played through the injury all season long.
Patriots Injury Report
QB Tom Brady – Ankle – Probable
CB Brandon Browner – Knee – Probable
LB Dont’a Hightower – Shoulder – Probable
DT Chris Jones – Elbow – Probable
WR Brandon LaFell – Shoulder/Toe – Probable
C Bryan Stork – Knee – Out
For everyone who got excited seeing Brady on the injury report, I have some bad news for you: he’s been on the list for years and ALWAYS plays. Its just another mind game from coach Bill Belichick. For a long time it was always Brady’s shoulder, now its apparently a mystical ankle injury.
The big news is that rookie center Stork is out this week. He has started since Week Four and it will be interesting to see how Ryan Wendell performs at the position.
Wendell will slide over from right guard and was the team’s center for 2012 and 2013. He’ll likely be replaced by second-year player Josh Klein who started four games this season and appeared in six more.