The Colts got some bad news on Friday. 48 hours after Anthony Castonzo said there was “no question” that he would play on Sunday, he has officially been ruled out.
It looked like they were finally getting healthy. Key players were finally starting to practice more. Anthony Castonzo and Marlon Mack had come back to practice. Castonzo seemed optimistic that he would play this week. And now all of that has changed.
Castonzo has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s matchup against the Redskins. That is a huge loss for the Colts’ offensive line. While the O-line did a pretty good job in protection last week, this will be a whole different animal with the conditions being the way they will be,
With Castonzo out, it looks like Le’Raven Clark will be the left tackle. That means that at right tackle it will be Joe Haeg, although they could switch those two around. Either way, it does not bode well for Andrew Luck and the backfield.
Speaking of that backfield, Marlon Mack‘s status is still up in the air. He is officially listed as questionable for the game. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Colts held him out another week until Castonzo is healthy. They probably would want both to be healthy at the same time.
With this news, the gameplan will probably be very similar to what it was last week. Luck will get the ball out of his hands very quickly. They still need to commit to the run game more in the second half. But expect the Colts to have a conservative gameplan.
Hopefully the Colts make more adjustments this week than they did last week. They need to make sure that they have plays that they know they can execute easily. Otherwise, it could be a long game come Sunday.