How Bad Is The State Of The Colts Injuries?
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Reggie Wayne tweet after Thursday’s loss to the Patriots summed up the state of the Colts pretty accurately:
Get healthy... Can't make the club in the tub... 🤷🏿♂️— Reggie Wayne (@ReggieWayne_17) October 5, 2018
The Colts had a ton of guys still in the tub on Thursday night and a few more were added after the 38-24 loss.
It’s an epidemic spanning multiple regimes for the Colts.
And if you want to use injuries as an excuse, don’t go knocking on Frank Reich’s door looking for sympathy.
“I promise you, we don’t ever think we are outmanned,” Reich said firmly after falling to 1-4 on the season. “We never think we are outmanned. Others might think that, but we don’t think that. We think about, we got to make the plays that come to us. We said at the beginning of the year, we got 53 guys on the roster, 10 guys on the practice squad, this is our team. Takes everybody and it happens to every team in the NFL like this.
“That is no excuse. We felt very confident going into (the Patriots) game in. It was what it was, every team deals with the same thing in the NFL. It’s the hand that is dealt you. We didn’t think about it or talk about it the whole week. All we talked about was coming in and playing good football against a good team on the road.”
Well, for a roster that lacks necessary talent to be playoff-caliber at full health, the rash of injuries has depleted the Colts even more.
So, let’s take a look at the state of the injured Colts, who were without 11 or 12 starters for stretches of Thursday’s loss to the Patriots:
- WR-T.Y. Hilton (chest/hamstring): The 5-9 Hilton missed just the third game of his seven-year NFL career on Thursday. The fact that Frank Reich ruled Hilton out for Thursday night right after the loss to the Texans gives me pause on how quickly we see The Ghost return to the lineup. Not many Colts have had great luck with immediate post-hamstring injury returns in 2018.
- TE-Jack Doyle (hip): You watch Doyle move in the locker room and you can see why Frank Reich put out a ‘week-to-week’ designation for his steady tight end back after Week Two. Similar to Hilton, Doyle shouldn’t be viewed as having a great chance to return for the Jets game a week from Sunday.
- OT-Anthony Castonzo (hamstring): Castonzo dressed on Thursday, but only for emergency purposes as the 7th offensive linemen. The veteran left tackle has had just 2 limited practices since returning from his second hamstring tweak. If Castonzo can get some full work in next week, he should make his season debut against the Jets.
- RB-Marlon Mack (hamstring): For Mack, it’s similar to the Castonzo outlook. Mack has had 3 limited practices since re-aggravating his own hamstring issue in Week Two. As long as Mack feels he can ‘let it rip’ in practice, then he should be good to go for the Jets.
- CB-Kenny Moore (concussion): On a short week, Moore had virtually no chance to progress through the concussion protocol. For him to play against the Jets, the Colts will need Moore on the practice field in some capacity on Monday, or Wednesday, at the latest.
- CB-Quincy Wilson (concussion): The concussion symptoms for Wilson have now lingered three weeks after first getting hurt against the Redskins. Wilson has been seen in the locker room, so that’s a good sign. He remains in the concussion protocol though, having yet to practice since suffering the head injury. Like Moore, Wilson needs to practice early next week for him to return in Week Six.
- DL-Hassan Ridgeway (calf): The third-year tackle has been sidelined since Week Two when he injured his calf. Ridgeway was a reserve tackle during the first two weeks of the season.
- LB-Darius Leonard (ankle): The left boot was back on Leonard after trying to play on Thursday. The stud rookie missed just one snap in Week Four against the Texans, but that ankle flared up enough to sideline him on a short week. He should be good to play a week from Sunday.
- CB-Nate Hairston (ankle): It was a game-time decision for Hairston in New England and he couldn’t give it a go on a short week. Given that he was very close to playing, he should return for the Jets.
- LB-Anthony Walker (concussion): On Thursday’s second possession, the Colts lost their man in the defensive middle. The FOX broadcast reported that Walker tried to tell athletic trainers he was fine, but he ended up being ruled out. Walker is the MIKE linebacker and handles defensive communication, so his presence is needed.
- S-Clayton Geathers (neck/concussion): The very questionable lowering of the helmet from Patriots running back Sony Michel knocked Geathers out of Thursday’s loss. It’s a scary injury diagnosis given the neck injury that forced Geathers to miss around a year of action in 2016-17. Geathers’ future in football was in question after that ’16 neck injury, so one hopes that isn’t the case after Thursday’s injury.
- DL-Denico Autry (hamstring): The versatile defensive lineman exited early in Thursday’s third quarter with a hamstring injury. Autry missed a couple of games in September with a nagging ankle injury. The Colts had moved Autry over to a starting defensive end, opposite Jabaal Sheard, after the free agent addition in 2018 started at defensive tackle in Week One.
- S-Matthias Farley (hamstring): A second-half hamstring injury took Farley out of the game, after he was filling in for Geathers. If Geathers does have to miss some time, the Colts really need the reliable Farley to be ready to go.
Frank Reich says it’s “near impossible” to pinpoint the current injury issues for the #Colts.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) October 5, 2018
Team is exploring everything in trying to look into the problems though.
Reich says he wasn’t aware of the #Colts past injury issues when interviewing for the job.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) October 5, 2018
Believes this is just a stretch for his team right now injury wise.