The Colts could be without some of their most important players in Cincinnati on Sunday as three starters have already been ruled out, and four players were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
We already knew Andrew Luck was not going to be available against the Bengals, and Chuck Pagano announced that John Simon would be week to week with a neck stinger.
Now cornerback Rashaan Melvin has also been ruled out for this week’s game with a concussion. Melvin’s concussion looks to be pretty serious as he was unable to practice at all this week.
With many steps yet to come in the concussion protocol, Melvin could be looking at a long road to recovery that could see him miss multiple games.
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Center Ryan Kelly is listed as questionable with injuries to his knee and hip. The Bengals’ defense is just as dangerous rushing the passer as Jacksonville, and the Colts need their offensive line to be at full strength to protect Jacoby Brissett from suffering another 10-sack game.
Safety Darius Butler’s status is also questionable for Sunday’s game.
Butler is expected to fill Malik Hooker’s role at free safety after the first round rookie he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury. Butler has progressed well this week and was able to fully participate in Friday’s practice, but there is still a chance he won’t be able to suit up on game day.
Vontae Davis, Anthony Walker, and Al Woods are expected to play after being listed on the injury report this week.
Kamar Aiken and T.J. Green are questionable to play on Sunday.