Colts will still be challenged at corner with JuJu Brents expected to miss Week 9

The Indianapolis Colts have been struggling at corner and that’ll continue as rookie JuJu Brents will still be sidelined with an injury in Week 9.
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The biggest weakness for the Indianapolis Colts right now is the secondary. Indy has struggled immensely against the pass and the defense as a whole is a big reason why the Colts are currently 3-5. Fans were hoping that Indianapolis would get some help in the form of 2023 second-round pick JuJu Brents returning from injury, but that’s not going to happen.

Brents went down with a quad injury in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns and didn’t practice at all leading up to the Week 8 game against the New Orleans Saints. After missing the game, it was announced on Wednesday that Brents won’t practice this week either, and will be out on Sunday when Indy faces the Carolina Panthers.

Colts corner JuJu Brents dealing with a multi-game injury

The start of Brents’ career has been largely impacted by injury. He missed the offseason program as he was recovering from a wrist surgery and suffered a hamstring injury in training camp. This led to him being a healthy scratch for Indy’s first two games as he was playing catch up.

Once making it on to the field, Brents was very promising, looking like a corner that could carve out a nice career in Indianapolis. In five games, he recorded 24 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, and three pass deflections. He only gave up 18 completions for 204 yards and one touchdown.

With Dallis Flowers already sidelined with an Achilles injury, an injured Brents leaves Indy incredibly thin in the secondary. In Week 7, Tony Brown got the start over Darrell Baker Jr. but didn’t have a good game. Unfortunately, Brown started because Baker has struggled as well this season. With no moves made at the trade deadline, the Colts will enter Week 9 very vulnerable at corner.