Indianapolis Colts: NFL Injury Wire

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts center Khaled Holmes won’t be on the practice field until Wednesday at the earliest, according to Colts coach Chuck Pagano.

“He’s working with the trainers right now,” Pagano said. “They’ve had him on the grass some. I don’t anticipate him doing anything other than work with our medical staff still on Sunday and Monday. Kind of keeping our fingers crossed and hopeful he’ll be out there ready to get some snaps on Wednesday is the goal.”

Holmes sprained his ankle in the preseason opener against the New York Jets on Aug. 7. Wednesday would be the first time he has practiced since the injury.

There’s still no guarantee that Holmes will be ready for the season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 7.

“You just have to take it day-by-day, see how he progresses,” Pagano said. “If he’s able to get out there Wednesday and see, post practice and then the next day, how he comes in and how he reacts to the work. That’ll just be day-to-day.”

Holmes’ backup, Jonotthan Harrison, did not play against the Cincinnati Bengals because of an injured thumb. Rookie Jack Mewhort slid over from guard and started at center against the Bengals.

“We’ll make no excuses,” Pagano said. “Whoever we go out to Denver with, we’re going to line up and they’ll compete and they’ll play at a high level.”
The Indianapolis Colts should find out the severity of starting center Khaled Holmes' ankle injury on Friday.

Holmes will likely miss some time because of the injury, leaving the Colts in the position of having to find a new starter on the offensive line for the second time in less than three weeks since training camp started. Starting guard Donald Thomas was lost for the season with a torn quad July 31.

"It’s awful early, too," coach Chuck Pagano said after Thursday’s preseason game against the New York Jets. "By the second quarter, we’re down two on the O-line. And you talk about Donald Thomas, yeah we’ve got our work cut out for us. We’ll get home and we’ll assess the damage, see the extent of those injuries and make the necessary moves that we have to make."

As far as internal options at center, the Colts put rookie Jonotthan Harrison in after Holmes went down. The rookie out of Florida had two bad snaps early, including one that stalled their impressive opening drive, before settling down.

"I mean he’s never played an NFL snap, and before you know it -- we hadn’t planned to put him in until the second half and he’s in there in the first drive -- so I think just listening, watching, I think he rose up to the challenge," Pagano said. “Again, the snaps, we’ll get that fixed. That’s just something -- young guys are going to make mistakes -- so we’ll get that fixed.”

Another option if needed is to slide rookie Jack Mewhort over from guard to center and insert veteran Lance Louis, a former starter in Chicago, at guard.

The Colts, right now, are hoping they won’t be without Holmes for an extended period of time.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Darrius Heyward-Bey will be best remembered as a former top-10 pick who started the season as the Indianapolis Colts’ No. 2 receiver, was demoted, became a special-teams ace and missed the team’s last game of the season -- unless the Colts beat the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional playoff game Saturday.

Heyward-Bey has been ruled out of the game against the Patriots because of a hamstring injury, which happened in the wild-card game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Don’t get me wrong, Heyward-Bey is a nice guy. It’s hard not to like him. He’s very polite and he has some clever riddles that always seem to stump you. Those were supposed to be added bonuses Heyward-Bey brought to the Colts this season. But his play on the field was the focal point.

Unfortunately his niceness overshadowed his on-the-field production.

Heyward-Bey hasn’t caught a pass since the Cincinnati game on Dec. 8. That was four games ago. He caught his lone touchdown against Denver on Oct. 20. Reggie Wayne was still playing then.

I’m sure Heyward-Bey wants his teammates to beat the Patriots for more than one reason: to advance to the AFC Championship Game and so that he can play another game with the Colts -- if his hamstring improves -- as the two sides will likely part ways once the season ends.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts starting safety LaRon Landry took a step toward playing in Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots when he was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

The hard-hitting safety suffered a concussion in the second half of last weekend’s wild-card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

It’s uncertain if Landry has passed both NFL-mandated protocols or just the one that clears him to practice. If the latter is the case, he’ll have to pass another protocol that clears him to play in the game. Landry declined comment after practice Wednesday and coach Chuck Pagano won’t address the media until Thursday.

Here’s a breakdown of the rest of Wednesday’s injury report for the Colts

Did Not Practice
NT Aubrayo Franklin: Rest
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: Hamstring

OL Khaled Holmes: Calf

S LaRon Landry: Concussion
LB Josh McNary: Concussion
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts should have better indication on where things stand with their injured secondary sometime Monday when they get a medical update on cornerback Greg Toler.

Toler left the game in the first half of Saturday’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs with a groin injury. Safety LaRon Landry suffered a concussion in the second half. He has to pass the NFL’s concussion protocol before he’s cleared to play.

Toler injured the groin when he was defending Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe on a slant pattern that went for 63 yards on Kansas City’s second offensive series.

“He chased him down and went for the strip and just twisted and fell wrong,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “I think he aggravated that thing on that play. Felt like he was okay, tough, tough kid. Didn’t want to let his teammates down and all that stuff. Then obviously that thing wasn’t right.”

Toler remained in the game for one more series but left after former Colt Donnie Avery blew by him for a 79-yard touchdown reception.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Toler didn’t play against New England on Saturday because he missed seven games with a groin injury during the regular season.

“It’s a shame because he’s worked his tail off to try to get back and help this team,” Pagano said. “Hopefully we’ll still have him available.”

Pagano explained his decision to put cornerback Cassius Vaughn on the inactive list against the Chiefs despite Toler and Vontae Davis both recently dealing with groin injuries.

“It was obviously an extremely difficult one,” Pagano said. “There were a lot of things that play into that. We got some guys back. This week was very, very difficult. That was a very difficult decision that we had to make but we had such, as far as the D-line went, we’ve been going with five. But with Ricky (Jean Francois) just coming off of injury, Aubrayo (Franklin) had a knee, Cory (Redding) had a shoulder. We really felt like it was nothing that Cassius did. It was really just looking at the D-line depth and we felt like we needed six bodies there instead of five just because of the health of that group.”

Colts at healthiest since Week 7

January, 3, 2014
Jan 3
INDIANAPOLIS -- The only thing that would be better is if Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Allen, Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard and Donald Thomas dressed for Saturday's playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

That possibility ended months ago, but the Indianapolis Colts are still in the position to have their healthiest roster since Week 7 against the Denver Broncos.

Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (knee) and defensive end Fili Moala (knee) are the only two players listed as questionable for the game. The other 10 on the team's injury report, which includes starting cornerback Vontae Davis and defensive end Cory Redding, are listed as probable.

The Colts have come a long way from having to bring players up from the practice squad to piece together the offensive line.

Don't be surprised if this is what the starting line looks like Saturday:

Tackles: Anthony Castonzo, Gosder Cherilus

Guards: Hugh Thornton, Mike McGlynn

Center: Samson Satele

McGlynn is a better center than guard and he's a better center than Satele.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts had their top cornerbacks on the practice field Wednesday, a day after only having three available in Tuesday's practice.

Cornerbacks Vontae Davis (groin), Darius Butler (quad) and Greg Toler (groin) were full participants in practice, giving an indication that the Colts could have a healthy group for Saturday’s wild-card playoff matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Davis injured his groin in last weekend’s victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“They still have to get their feet under them,” Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said. “They looked pretty good [at practice Wednesday]. Still evaluating and see how it goes come Saturday.”

The Colts are becoming healthy at the right time.

Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (knee) and defensive end Fili Moala (knee) were the only two players not to practice Wednesday. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) was limited in practice.
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)

Bethea, Redding miss practice

December, 26, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts were without several key players in practice Thursday.

Safety Antoine Bethea (ankle), safety and special teams ace Sergio Brown (groin), defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois (foot), offensive lineman Mike McGlynn (elbow) and defensive end Cory Redding (shoulder) did not practice.

Bethea injured his ankle in the third quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He said he doesn’t believe the injury will force him to miss the regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It may not be a bad idea if the Colts held him out against the Jaguars since the playoffs start the following weekend.

McGlynn, who has played well in recent weeks, could miss Sunday’s game because of his elbow injury.

Redding walked on to the practice during the media portion wearing sweats and some type of contraption on his shoulder under his T-shirt. He injured his shoulder trying to tackle Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Like Bethea, resting Redding may be the best way to go.

The Colts still have something to play for Sunday. They could finish between the No. 2 and 4 seed in the playoffs depending on the outcome of their game and what happens in games involving New England and Cincinnati. It helps the Colts that they're facing the Jaguars (4-11) if Bethea or Redding don’t play.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano will have a better indication of who will play Sunday when he addresses the media after practice Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS – The offensive line is playing well. The same goes for the defense. And now the Indianapolis Colts may finally be getting healthy. It’s coming at a good time, too, with the playoffs less than two weeks away.

Coach Chuck Pagano had a lot of positive information when he talked about the long list of players dealing with injuries during his news conference on Monday.

The MRI on defensive lineman Cory Redding’s shoulder came back negative. He missed part of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after injuring it while trying to make a diving tackle on running back Jamaal Charles. Redding may not practice on Tuesday, but the Colts are hopeful that he’ll be able to go on Thursday.

Safety Sergio Brown (groin), linebacker Daniel Adongo (hamstring), defensive tackle Montori Hughes (knee), guard Hugh Thornton (neck) and guard Jeff Linkenbach (quad) could all return to practice this season. Offensive lineman Joe Reitz has been cleared to practice after passing an impact concussion test. He has to pass one more concussion protocol before being cleared to play in a game.

It’ll be interesting to see what Pagano does with the offensive line if everybody is healthy. The Colts have started five different lineups on the offensive line in the past five games and seven overall this season.

The Colts wrap up the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton believes it'll take a lot for him not to be on the field Sunday when they play the Kansas City Chiefs.

The second-year receiver is questionable for the game with a shoulder injury. He orginally hurt it Nov. 24 against the Arizona Cardinals.

"I was completely healthy at this point last season, so that's the part that's not good," Hilton said. "It's one of those things that I have to play through. We still have something to play for."

The Colts, who are keeping their hopes alive to get to the No. 2 seed, could have a thin roster against the Chiefs.

Defensive tackle, Ricky Jean Francois (foot), offensive line Jeff Linkenbach (quad), safety Sergio Brown (groin), offensive lineman Joe Reitz (concussion) and defensive tackle Montori Hughes (knee) are all doubtful.

Linebacker Daniel Adongo (hamstring), guard Hugh Thornton (neck) and cornerback Greg Toler (groin) are questionable. Toler practiced Wednesday but was held out of practice Thursday as a precaution.

Here's what the Colts' offensive line could look like Sunday because of all their injuries at that position: Samson Satele at center, Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus at tackle and Xavier Nixon and Mike McGlynn at guard. Rookie Khaled Holmes will be the only backup if Thornton doesn't play.

"We're in great shape, awesome," Colts coach Chuck Pagano sarcastically said. "It's like everybody else. We're not the only one that's pregnant right now. We got what we got and we have a job to do and we're going to get it done."

T.Y. Hilton, Greg Toler miss practice

December, 19, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler had appeared to turn the corner when he took part in a full practice for the first time in two months Wednesday.

But it was also noted that people shouldn’t get excited, because how Toler responded from the practice would be key.

A sign of things to come occurred when Toler wasn’t on the field during the media portion of practice on Thursday. It became official a couple of hours later when the Colts released their practice report and the letters “DNP” were by Toler’s name, meaning he did not practice.

A better indication for Toler’s status for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs will occur Friday when coach Chuck Pagano addresses the media. But not having Toler practice on back-to-back days can’t be a good thing, especially since he hasn’t played since Oct. 20.

So the wait could possibly continue for another week with Toler.

Another eye-catching “DNP” was receiver T.Y. Hilton because of a shoulder problem. He originally injured his shoulder against Arizona on Nov. 24. Hilton had a career-high eight receptions against Houston last weekend.

Here’s the rest of Thursday’s practice report

Did Not Practice

LB Daniel Adongo: Hamstring

S Sergio Brown: Groin

DT Montori Hughes: Knee

DT Ricky Jean Francois: Foot

OL Jeff Linkenbach: Quad

OL Joe Reitz: Concussion

OL Hugh Thornton: Neck

Full Practice

OL Samson Satele: Elbow

FB Stanley Havili: Knee

Toler, Brown participate in practice

December, 18, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Maybe this is the week that Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler finally returns from his groin injury.

Toler went through a full practice for the first time Wednesday since before injuring his groin in the second half of the Oct. 20 game against the Denver Broncos.

I wouldn't grab a permanent marker and write Toler's name into the starting cornerback spot opposite of Vontae Davis for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

How Toler responds after going through his first full practice in about two months is key. He said last week that he didn't plan to return to the lineup until he was 100 percent healthy. Toler was limited in practice on Dec. 11 then didn't practice the following two days.

Running back Donald Brown and receiver LaVon Brazill were also full participants in practice Wednesday. Brown missed the second half of Sunday's game with the Houston Texans with a stinger. Brazill missed the game with a bruised foot.

Here's a rundown of the rest of Colts' practice report:

Did not practice:
LB Daniel Adongo: Hamstring
S Sergio Brown: Groin
FB Stanley Havili: Knee
DT Montori Hughes: Knee
DT Ricky Jean Francois: Foot
OL Jeff Linkenbach: Quad
LB Robert Mathis: Rest
OL Joe Reitz: Concussion
OL Hugh Thornton: Neck

Limited practice:
OL Samson Satele: Elbow

Signing Draughn means Brown might sit

December, 17, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – Lost in the news of linebacker Pat Angerer going on injured reserve because of a knee injury was that the Indianapolis Colts signed running back Shaun Draughn to take Angerer’s spot on the roster.

The signing gives the indication that the stinger Donald Brown suffered against the Houston Texans last weekend could cause him to miss some time.

If that’s the case, Trent Richardson, who rushed for 64 yards against the Texans, would move back into the starting lineup and Tashard Choice, whom the Colts signed last week after Chris Rainey was lost for the season, would likely back him up against Kansas City this weekend.

“Really don’t have a choice,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Monday when asked about putting Choice in the rotation. “I wouldn’t have any regardless, but it’s really all we have. He’s going to have to. And I like what he did [Sunday] coming in and had the good return on the kickoff return and got some carries in the back. He’s a smart guy, he’s a tough guy, he’s ran the ball before, so I have no problems.”

Draughn has appeared in 20 games, rushing 63 times for 235 yards and two touchdowns while bouncing around with the Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He can also return kickoffs.

Greg Toler to practice this week

December, 16, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano gave an update on the team's injured players on Monday.

Receiver Griff Whalen, who was brought up from the practice squad Saturday, has a strain behind his right knee, but Pagano believes he’ll be fine. Whalen, who had four catches and a touchdown, was one of the last players to leave the locker room after Sunday’s game against Houston because he was receiving treatment.

Cornerback Greg Toler (groin), fullback Stanley Havili (knee), and receiver LaVon Brazill, who all missed the game, are expected to practice Wednesday.

It’ll be interesting to see if cornerback Greg Toler plays against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, because he’s been out eight weeks and the game will be played outdoors in the cold, which is something that could impact his decision to sit out another week since they wrap up the regular season at home against Jacksonville on Dec. 29. Toler went from being limited in practice to not practicing at all by the end of last week.

Offensive lineman Joe Reitz suffered a concussion in the first half against the Texans and is going through the league’s concussion protocol.

Running back Donald Brown (stinger), safety Sergio Brown (groin) and linebacker Daniel Adongo (hamstring) are all day-to-day.