Colts are entering Week 1 as a pretty healthy team

When the Indianapolis Colts kickoff the 2023 NFL season on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indy will have good health on their side.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) laughs with teammates Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023,
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) laughs with teammates Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, / Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar / USA TODAY

The Indianapolis Colts will start the season already having accomplished one of the biggest hurdles teams face each year: arriving to Week 1 relatively healthy. All throughout game week, only two names have been present on the injury report: linebacker Shaquille Leonard and running back Zack Moss. Fortunately, Leonard has cleared concussion protocol, and Moss has been having limited practices.

However, while the injury report is almost empty, it must be pointed out that several players are on the injured reserve or PUP list, namely Jonathan Taylor and Jelani Woods. Aside from that, Indy doesn’t have many players that are trying to manage an injury and fighting to be available for Week 1; the team is ready to roll. The only two that were seem to be in a good spot.

Shaq Leonard clears concussion protocol ahead of Week 1

Leonard was the name that everyone was watching, as he’s been in concussion protocol since the final week of the preseason. Additionally, since he missed the majority of last season with injuries, everyone just wants to see one of the league’s best players back on the field flying around. Looks like we’ll be getting that on Sunday.

The biggest question, of course, is of Leonard will look like himself. After two back surgeries, and just 74 snaps last season, Leonard was honest that he’s working his way back into form. On Thursday, he told the media that he’s getting back to the elite version of himself, but of course, that comes with snaps in live action.

While he’s in line to suit up on Sunday, Zack Moss’ status is still uncertain.

Zack Moss Status still uncertain for Colts in Week 1

With Jonathan Taylor on the PUP list, Moss is penciled in as the starting running back. However, a broken arm early in camp forced him to miss most of training camp, but he has recently been back on the field and has a chance to play on Sunday. If he isn’t ready to go, Deon Jackson and Evan Hull will get the carries. Jackson and Hull will likely get carries even if Moss is playing, because Indy will have a committee approach with Taylor out.