Based on how practices have been held, it looks like the Colts will definitely get their starting left tackle back for Sunday’s game. Their starting running back though remains uncertain.
Anthony Castonzo has said he is pretty sure he is going to play this week. That is huge for the Colts, as the big left tackle hasn’t played in any games since last year. But it looks like his hamstring has healed up to the point where he can give it a go.
Castonzo will be a big key this week. The Colts should be running the ball more often because of the weather. But when they do need to throw, protecting Andrew Luck‘s blindside is paramount. Castonzo has shown he can do that with consistency.
The other big injury the team has is with Marlon Mack. He also has a hamstring issue. He seems like he wants to play, but he says it is up to the trainers and coaching staff on whether he plays or not. Having Mack in the backfield would be a huge boost for the Colts.
Mack would allow the team to have more consistency with the run game. He is the most explosive player the Colts have besides T.Y. Hilton. He is also a good receiver. The most important thing is his health though. If he’s not 100%, the Colts might hold him out another game.
The boost to the offensive line will be huge in this game. It will allow Joe Haeg to slide over at right tackle. That gives the line a little more stability. Haeg wasn’t too bad against the Bengals at left tackle. But right tackle is a much better fit for him.
Hopefully the team gets completely healthy soon and can start to not worry about injuries to key players anymore. But Castonzo coming back is huge.