Colts Injury Report: Ryan Kelly and Rashaan Melvin Officially Out

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 24: Rashaan Melvin
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 24: Rashaan Melvin /
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The Colts have been banged up all year long, and they will travel to Jacksonville without their starting center and their top cornerback.

Ryan Kelly suffered a concussion during the first half of last week’s loss to the Titans, and he was unable to return for the second half last Sunday.

Unfortunately, Kelly will be unavailable again this week as he has not cleared the concussion protocol in time to play on Sunday.

Jacoby Brissett would love to line up behind his starting center against a Jaguars defense that leads the league in sacks, but he will play behind a banged up offensive line like he has all season. Expect the Colts to utilize more of a quick passing game in Kelly’s absence against this fierce pass rush.

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Cornerback Rashaan Melvin injured his hand last week while making a spectacular interception, and he will also be on the sidelines for this week’s game.

Melvin may be out for multiple weeks as Chuck Pagano classified his hand injury as “significant” and confirmed that he is “going to miss some time”.

Melvin had been a bright spot in an otherwise uninspiring secondary this season, but the Colts will be forced to lean on their younger defensive backs against Blake Bortles this week.

Defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway has also been ruled out for this week’s game which hurts the depth along the defensive line.

Backup tight end Darrell Daniels will also be sidelined as he battles a hamstring injury.

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Donte Moncrief popped up on the Colts’ injury report on Thursday with a groin injury. However, he got in a limited practice on Thursday and was a full participant on Friday, so he’s more probable than questionable for Sunday’s game.