AFC South: NFL Injuy Wire

Freeman to miss second straight game

September, 19, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts starting linebacker Jerrell Freeman will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury.

Center Khaled Holmes, who has been out since Aug. 7 with a high ankle sprain, is healthy enough to play, but coach Chuck Pagano said A.Q. Shipley will start against Jacksonville on Sunday. Pagano didn’t even guarantee Holmes will be on the active roster against the Jaguars. Shipley has played well in the two games he has started in place of Holmes.

“Like anybody else coming off an injury, whatever it is, I’m not going to just throw a kid to the wolves if he’s not 100 percent and ready to play,” Pagano said about Holmes. “Mentally it’s not an issue. He’s knows exactly what to do, but physically he hasn’t played for a while. We’re going make sure that ankle is 100 percent before we throw him back out there.”

Here’s the rest of the Colts’ injury list for Sunday’s game:

Out: Freeman, DL Arthur Jones (ankle)

Questionable: DL Ricky Jean Francois (ankle), WR Hakeem Nicks (illness), OL Joe Reitz (ankle)

Probable: CB Darius Butler, WR T.Y. Hilton, CB Greg Toler, Holmes
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts will start their sixth different offensive line when they take on the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Starting center Samson Satele (elbow) and guard Jeffrey Linkenbach (quad) have been ruled out for the game. Mike McGlynn will slide over from guard and start at center. Hugh Thornton (neck) will return and start at guard after missing last weekend’s game at Cincinnati. Joe Reitz will start at the other guard position.

Coach Chuck Pagano also announced Friday that cornerback Greg Toler (groin), fullback Stanley Havili (knee) and defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois (foot) will miss the game.

Sunday will be the seventh straight game that Toler has missed. Pagano is still taking a positive approach that Toler will be back in the lineup before the season ends.

“He’s not 100 percent,” Pagano said. “Just don’t want to throw him out there. Obviously playing the position that he plays, you have to be able to peddle, flip, turn, run, burst, all those things. So it doesn’t make any sense to throw him out there until he’s 100 percent.”

I wrote Thursday that the the Colts should think about shutting Toler down for the season.

Receiver LaVon Brazill is questionable with a foot bruise after he didn’t practice this week. There’s a chance the Colts will bring Griff Whalen up from the practice squad if Brazill can’t play -- leaving them with only four receivers on the active roster.