In Week 3, rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson missed the first game of his career. After sustaining a concussion in Week 2, the young quarterback had to clear concussion protocol. Fortunately for the Indianapolis Colts, they started Gardner Minshew, and won in Week 3, moving to 2-1 on the season. The Colts will now enter Week 4 with the best record in the AFC South.
It also seems like Indianapolis will enter Week 4 with their starting quarterback. Richardson needed two practices, one non-contact and one contact, before he could clear concussion protocol, and he recently checked those practices off the list. He returned to practice on Wednesday, and had a full practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. With one more practice left in the week, it seems like Richardson is on pace to return to the starting lineup.
Unfortunately, some other Colts players have been missing practice with injury.
Colts injury report entering Week 4
Like Anthony Richardson, starting center Ryan Kelly sustained a concussion in Week 2, and missed Indy’s Week 3 game. He has also practiced all week, and is on pace to snap the ball to Richardson in Sunday’s game. Cornerback Dallis Flowers has also practiced all week, despite dealing with a back issue.
Captains Quenton Nelson and DeForest Buckner both missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Nelson is dealing with a toe injury and Buckner is dealing with a groin injury. Both guys are pivotal to what Indy does on both sides of the ball. While it could be alarming that both guys have missed the first two practices of the week, it probably isn’t anything to worry about.
Throughout the league, established trench players like Quenton Nelson and DeForest Buckner frequently miss practices with nagging injuries. However, when game day rolls around, they’re typically ready to go. That’ll likely be the case this week, as Indy hosts the Los Angeles Rams.