The Colt are ready for battle against the Jaguars in Week 1.
Colts fans were perhaps a bit worried this week when a number of injuries began to pop up. Quenton Nelson missed Thursday’s practice while fellow stars Ryan Kelly, Anthony Castonzo and Justin Houston were all limited. Playing the Jacksonville Jaguars Week 1 isn’t exactly a scary matchup, but you can’t be that banged up to open the season.
Despite all that troubling news on Thursday, we now have Friday’s injury report, and it’s a good one. Head coach Frank Reich revealed, as expected, that the Colts will be without rookie safety Julian Blackmon, who is recovering from ACL surgery.
Other than that, Indy is ready to come at the Jags with all they’ve got.
TY Hilton’s hamstring is doing better, which is another sign of good things to come since he’s been battling that issue since last year. Philip Rivers will be fully protected and have an arsenal of weapons at his disposal. Unleashing them on Jacksonville will be a welcomed sight for Indy fans.
Even wideout Parris Campbell is ready to go after clearing concussion protocol following his involvement in a car accident a couple weeks back. That means Rivers will have Hilton, Campbell, Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal to throw to and Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor to hand the ball off to.
The stars couldn’t be aligned any better.
The Colts getting off to a fast start is paramount in 2020. NFL executives, players and fans have no idea what to expect in this pandemic season. Indy simply has to take advantage of favorable matchups against the Jags, Jets, Bears, Browns and Bengals in the first six weeks (they have the Vikings in Week 2 as well).
Rivers being on the same page as his receivers and being given the proper protection with this stacked version of the offensive line will make things that much easier for a team in a bit of a transition.
We’ll see you on Sunday.