The Colts’ injury report looked apocalyptic on Wednesday, but some of Indianapolis’ key players were able to return to the practice field on Thursday.
The Colts began their week of practice leading up to Sunday’s game in Cincinnati with a lengthy injury report.
Vontae Davis, Darius Butler, Rashaan Melvin, John Simon, and Ryan Kelly were all unable to practice on Wednesday due to various injuries suffered in last week’s blowout loss to the Jaguars.
Davis was able to return as a full practice participant on Thursday after he was listed as resting on Wednesday, and Darius Butler and Ryan Kelly were able to get in limited practice sessions during the Colts’ second practice of the week.
However, two of this year’s breakout stars on defense, John Simon and Rashaan Melvin, were both unable to practice for the second straight day.
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Simon will miss this week’s game with a neck stinger, and Chuck Pagano told the media that the first-year Colt will “miss some time“.
Rashaan Melvin is listed on the injury report with a concussion. He’ll have several hoops to jump through in the league’s concussion protocol, and receiving two did not practice designations to begin the week is not a good sign.
Defensive back T.J. Green and defensive tackle Al Woods were both limited at Thursday’s practice.
Rookie linebacker Anthony Walker finally looks like he’s making progress in recovering from a hamstring injury as he was able to participate fully on Thursday. His return could help out a linebacking corps that has really struggled this season.