What I mean by this is if there are some injuries that the Colts have to deal with, they have to play to protect themselves from those new players coming in. For example, if Leonard can’t play, they can’t let Okereke get exposed as a rookie. They have to protect him.
Same thing on the offensive end. If Marlon Mack can’t play because of his calf, they need to run plays that Jordan Wilkins or Nyheim Hines can succeed in. They can’t abandon the running game, but they need to be smarter with it if he is out.
Injuries are a part of the game, and every team has to deal with them. Atlanta won’t apologize if the Colts have players missing this game. It’s a next man up mentality. The next guy has to be ready to play and play well if his number is called.
But the coaching staff can do its part too. They can call plays to limit exposure of the backup. They have plays that will work with certain personnel groups. Calling plays to the strength of the players they have will be the biggest key to this game.
We don’t know who will be ruled out quite yet, but we should have an idea by this afternoon. The Colts will release their Friday injury report, and then we will have a better forecast. We will keep you up to date once that information gets released.