When the Indianapolis Colts take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, Indy will be missing some of its biggest players because of injury.
At this point of the season, every game is a huge game for the Indianapolis Colts. Entering Week 13 at just 4-7-1, the Colts need to start winning games or the remainder of the season will become all about draft positioning. Indy will be trying to get a tough win on Sunday night against the 8-3 Dallas Cowboys. If the game wasn’t tough enough, the Colts will be trying to pull off the upset with some key players sidelined with injuries.
The biggest name that won’t be available for Indianapolis is defensive back, Kenny Moore. The Pro Bowl defender left the Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with what was categorized as a shin injury. Moore missed practice all week and the injury is now being called an ankle injury. When Kenny Moore was spotted on a scooter in Indy’s locker room on Wednesday, it became clear that him playing Sunday night was a long shot.
Unfortunately, he isn’t the only starter that has already been ruled out by Indianapolis. Starting right tackle, Braden Smith has been ruled out of the Week 13 matchup with an illness after missing practice all week. This is especially tough for the Colts because Smith has been having an up-and-down season but was coming off of one of his best performances, blocking TJ Watt in Week 12. Now, Indy’s struggling offensive line will be challenged against a quality Micah Parsons-led defense.
Final injury report for Colts vs. Cowboys
While those two have already been ruled out, Indianapolis has two more key players who are questionable for the primetime matchup. Rookie tight end Jelani Woods and emerging cornerback Isaiah Rodgers are both dealing with injuries that make them game-time decisions. Woods only practiced Friday as he’s been dealing with a shoulder and quad injury and Rodgers had a limited practice on Thursday and a full practice on Friday as he’s been battling a knee injury.
It would be great for the Colts to have Jelani Woods in the lineup since he’s coming off the breakout performance of his career. Against the Steelers, Woods was targeted nine times and hauled in eight passes for 98 yards. It’ll be great for him to build off that performance and become a consistent threat for Indy.
As far as Isaiah Rodgers, who made an elite coaching decision against the Steelers, his presence on the field for the Colts has been evident all season and fans have done their part to make that clear. Hopefully, Rodgers will be able to take the field with Indy’s defense and give Indianapolis a chance to upset the Cowboys.