The Indianapolis Colts released their Friday injury report, and the biggest lingering questions are whether key cornerbacks Darius Butler (hand) and Patrick Robinson (knee and hip) will be healthy enough to play Sunday night against the Houston Texans. Both of whom are officially listed as ‘questionable’.
Butler recently had surgery on a fractured finger and did not participate in practice all week, while Robinson simply performed individual drills as a limited participant on Friday–his first time practicing during the week.
It’s worth noting that the Colts did promote rookie cornerback Frankie Williams from the practice squad to fill-in as additional depth at the position. However, look for Rashaan Melvin to assume a much larger role at cornerback should either one of Butler or Robinson be unable to play.
Otherwise, both wide receiver Donte Moncrief (shoulder) and center/offensive guard Jonotthan Harrison (emergency appendectomy recovery) are still out for at least another week, while key defensive lineman Zach Kerr (ankle) joins them on this week’s inactive list.
Meanwhile, T.Y. Hilton (hip) is officially listed as ‘questionable’, but was a full participant in practice on Friday–making it absolutely shocking if he didn’t actually play on Sunday night.
Joining Hilton in the ‘questionable’ category is fellow wide receiver Quan Bray (shin), who’s been filling-in at times as the team’s 3rd wide receiver in the absence of Moncrief.
Bray didn’t practice all week, putting his gameday status in jeopardy.
As a result, rookie wide receiver Chester Rogers could see a bigger workload as a replacement, as both the team’s 3rd wide receiver and maybe even on special teams returning kicks/punts–the latter typically being Bray’s ‘bread and butter’ (i.e. calling card).
The other encouraging news is that the Colts look about as healthy along the offensive line, as they have all season–as no one except for Harrison is dealing with a significant injury.