Friday, December 27, 2013
Colts to start eighth different offensive line
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS – The trend has gotten to the point that it's not if Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano will announce that they will have a different starting offensive line, but what the line will look like when they play.
That’s the case again this weekend, as the Colts will start their sixth different offensive line in as many weeks against the Jacksonville Jaguars and their eighth different one of the season.
Guard Mike McGlynn, who didn’t practice all week, is doubtful for the game.
“In the National Football League, nothing surprises you,” Pagano said. “Every day you show up is an adventure.”
In typical Pagano fashion, the coach didn’t reveal who he plans to start in McGlynn’s spot. The Colts have options on who to start on the offensive line for the first time in weeks.
Joe Reitz has been cleared to play after passing his final concussion test Friday. There’s Jeff Linkenbach, who has missed the past three games with a quadriceps injury, or Pagano can turn to Xavier Nixon, whose lead block opened up the hole on Donald Brown’s 51-yard touchdown run against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend.
The offensive line has played well recently. The Colts have rushed for 287 yards in the past two games and quarterback Andrew Luck has only been sacked twice in the past three games.
Defensive end Cory Redding (shoulder) and safety Sergio Brown (groin) are also doubtful for Sunday.
Here’s a rundown of the rest of the injured players from Friday:
Out: Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois (foot)
Questionable: Safety Antoine Bethea (ankle)
Probable: Cornerback Darius Butler (quad), cornerback Vontae Davis (groin), safety LaRon Landry (rest), linebacker Robert Mathis (rest), guard Hugh Thornton (neck) and cornerback Greg Toler (groin)