The Indianapolis Colts could be getting back one of their starting offensive lineman for Sunday’s game, but injury questions remain about another, as well as one of the team’s key wide receivers.
The Indianapolis Colts released their latest injury report, and the team received some encouraging news as starting right tackle Joe Reitz (back) was a full participant in practice on Friday.
It likely means that the Colts will at least have one of their two starting right offensive lineman, as right guard Denzelle Good (back) still remains ‘questionable’ for Sunday–having been limited in practice almost all week.
Thus, the Colts will at least be able to minimize their starting offensive line to 2 rookies–not 3 rookies, with Joe Haeg likely assuming the starting right guard job if Good can’t in fact go.
Otherwise, the team was looking at potentially starting 3 rookie offensive lineman with perhaps Austin Blythe and Joe Haeg joining Ryan Kelly along the right side–in the wake of backup Jonotthan Harrison‘s injury.
While their rookies have largely shown great poise, that’s not exactly a recipe for success as it relates to protecting Andrew Luck on a consistent basis Sunday.
With Harrison (illness), Darius Butler (hamstring), and Donte Moncrief (shoulder) already ruled out for the London game, the only other concerning injury is to 2nd-year wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (ankle), who was a limited participant in Friday’s practice and is officially listed as ‘questionable’–having not practiced otherwise all week.
Having already lost Moncrief for a number of weeks due to a significant shoulder injury, the Colts really can’t afford to lose their 3rd wide receiver Dorsett at this time. Last year’s first round pick has 8 receptions for 151 receiving yards and no touchdowns through 3 games this season, but remains the team’s best deep threat behind T.Y. Hilton.
If Dorsett is unavailable, the Colts would have to turn to Quan Bray and Chester Rogers to fill the void as the team’s 2nd wide receiver alongside Hilton, which means that the team would likely be turning to more two tight end sets overall featuring Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle–given such little proven depth at wide receiver.
It’s worth noting that starting quarterback Andrew Luck was a full participant in practice on Friday and has been as such for consecutive days, having been limited in practice on Wednesday. The Colts are continuing with their routine “rest” strategy for Luck weekly, but it appears that the quarterback is fairly healthy for this time of year all things considered.