Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano already ruled out 5 players for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers including S Mike Adams (groin), OLB Chris Carter (hamstring), DL Kendall Langford (knee), OG Jack Mewhort (tricep), and OT Joe Reitz (concussion).
It’s worth noting that starting cornerback Vontae Davis is still in the final stage of the league’s concussion protocol and will see an independent evaluator on Saturday. The Colts are optimistic that he’ll be cleared, as he was a full participant in practice on Friday (albeit in a non-contact jersey).
Otherwise, it looks as though starting right guard Denzelle Good (knee) will be ready to go for Sunday, as he’s been healthy enough to practice for consecutive days:
Obviously, it’s good news that Good is able to play, as the Colts would otherwise have turned to another rookie offensive lineman–presumably Austin Blythe to start at right guard.
That would give them three starting offensive lineman along with center Ryan Kelly and converted right tackle Joe Haeg, which isn’t exactly a recipe for success–as we saw Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Instead, the Colts will likely start a Castonzo-Harrison-Kelly-Good-Haeg unit, which should provide them with a little more stability and starting experience.
In Adams’ absence defensively, look for rookie T.J. Green to start alongside Clayton Geathers in the backend of the secondary. The rookie 2nd round pick out of Clemson has flashed potential, but has struggled in coverage during recent weeks–including a number of penalties.
The Colts received some other positive news this week, as starting tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) was a full participant in practice on Friday and appears ready to go for Sunday.
Allen should take over the team’s primary tight end responsibilities, while Jack Doyle should still be a staple of two tight end sets.
Meanwhile, defensive end Henry Anderson (knee) also is back in action for the defense. The promising 2nd-year defensive lineman figures to be re-inserted into one of the starting defensive end spots with veteran Kendall Langford still out.
While there was early week concern over whether T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) would be healthy enough to play on Sunday, he was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday. The Colts most dangerous weapon will be ‘a go’ against the Packers.