The Colts will be without several key players for Week 2’s clash against the 0-1 Arizona Cardinals.
Colts fans already knew that Andrew Luck, Ryan Kelly, and Vontae Davis were going to sit for today’s game with various injuries. Kelly and Davis are reportedly making progress towards returning, but Luck’s future looks incredibly uncertain at this point.
Safety Darius Butler joins them as one of the Colts’ regular starters that will be on the sidelines this week.
Butler participated in a limited practice on Wednesday, but he didn’t practice at all on Thursday or Friday due to a hamstring injury. With Butler out, the Colts will lean on rookie Malik Hooker to roam the deep area of the secondary.
Linebackers Antonio Morrison and Anthony Walker will also be out on Sunday.
This looked like a possibility when the Colts re-signed Sean Spence this week. The Colts will now be without two of their top three linebackers along with two starters in the defensive backfield.
Wide receiver Chester Rogers was also ruled as inactive for this week’s game.
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Rogers has been out since the middle of the preseason with a hamstring injury, but it looked like he was progressing towards playing this week. He got in a limited practice session on Wednesday and Thursday, and was listed as a full participant in Friday’s practice.
Rogers has been unable to get on the field ever since he won the job for the Colts’ third spot on the wide receiver depth chart. This gives Kamar Aiken another chance to impress and possibly steal that spot from Rogers while he’s out.