Colts/Broncos Notebook: Darius Butler's Injury Halts Potential Touchdown

Intro: In the Colts/Broncos Week Two Notebook, we take a look at Darius Butler’s pick six halted due to injury, the health of the secondary right now, the AFC South standings through two weeks and some snap counts from Sunday.

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DENVER – It's a horror film that seems to be the only movie the Colts are seeing right now.

In Week Two, more injuries continued in the secondary, with one proving to be particularly costly.

Here's a notebook look at the Colts falling 34-20 to the Broncos:

**Hamstring Injury To Darius Butler Takes Away Pick Six

**You could watch football all season long and never see the play witnessed Sunday in Denver.

Midway through the second quarter, with Denver driving, cornerback Darius Butler jumped in front of a screen pass to make an acrobatic interception.

With green grass the only thing in Butler's way to six points, the veteran cornerback took off upfield.

However, after a few strides, Butler was down in pain.

"(My hamstring) just grabbed on me as soon as I went to open up," Butler said of the injury sending him to the ground at Indy's 45-yard line.

"I was feeling fine throughout the game. (But) once I made that interception, I went to open up and it grabbed on me."

Butler, who will get an MRI on Monday, said he was actually supposed to be blitzing on the play, but knew a screen was coming when Emmanuel Sanders motioned to his side of the field.

Like virtually anyone else who was watching the play, Chuck Pagano was in shock seeing a potential game-changing play disappear so suddenly.

"I've never seen anything like it," Pagano said after the game. "I was thinking it's a pick-six and nobody is going to catch him. Then, he goes down like he was shot. It was unfortunate."

The Colts settled for a field goal off the Butler interception.

**Secondary Injuries Keep Coming

**Besides Butler's hamstring, the Colts also lost safety Clayton Geathers on Sunday.

Geathers started on Sunday after he returned to practice this past week for the first time since June's minicamp.

A foot injury in early July had kept Geathers, an expected safety starter in 2016, off the field throughout Training Camp and the preseason.

Before leaving Sunday's game in the second quarter, Geathers had already piled up a handful of tackles and displayed sound tackling that the Colts would love right now.

It was again a foot injury that forced Geathers to exit on Sunday.

Coming into Denver, the Colts were already without starting cornerbacks Vontae Davis (ankle) and Patrick Robinson (concussion). Safety T.J. Green (knee), who was filling in for Geathers, was also inactive.

Also on Sunday, cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie (shoulder) and Rashaan Melvin (cramps) were in and out of the lineup.

Chuck Pagano was at a loss of words when asked about the constant injuries in the secondary this season.**

"I don't know how to answer that for you," Pagano said on Sunday.

Colts Face Early AFC South Deficit

**A third straight 0-2 start to the season means the Colts will have to do some digging to get back to the top of the AFC South.

With Houston's (2-0) win over Kansas City on Sunday, the Texans opened up a one-game lead over the Titans (1-1).

The Colts (0-2) and Jaguars (0-2) are both searching for their first win of 2016.

Next week the Colts will host the Chargers (1-1), before they play three divisional games in the following four weeks.

"The urgency is always there," Pagano said after Sunday's loss, when asked about the 0-2 start.

"Every game matters and we have 14 left. All we're worried about as coaches is the next game. We've got to try to find a way to get some guys back and get some things cleaned up and get a win."**

Colts/Broncos Snap Counts**

  • The wide receiver snaps on Sunday were as followed: T.Y. Hilton (64-of-73), Jacoby Brissett (61-of-73), Chester Rogers (23-of-73), Quan Bray (17-of-73) and Donte Moncrief (9-of-73). Moncrief left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.
  • At tight end, the snaps were divided up with Dwayne Allen getting 64 snaps. Jack Doyle played 45 snaps. Mo Alie-Cox added 11.
  • Behind Frank Gore (34 snaps), Josh Ferguson played 27 snaps and Robert Turbin logged 12.
  • Denzelle Good (49 snaps) exited in the second half with a back injury. In his place, Jon Harrison played the rest of the game (24 snaps) at right guard.
  • Making his return to the field in 2016, Clayton Geathers was on the field for 34 snaps before a foot injury took him to the sidelines. Geathers had five tackles on Sunday. When Geathers left, Winston Guy played safety for the final 37 snaps of the game.
  • Defensively, Mike Adams was the lone Colt to play all 71 snaps.
  • Along the defensive line, snaps were: NT-Davis Parry (47), DT-Zach Kerr (40), DE-Kendall Langford (36), NT-T.Y. McGill (31), DT-Hasaan Ridgeway (21).
  • In the secondary, with injuries continuing, the snaps were as followed: Adams (71), CB-Rashaan Melvin (55), CB-Antonio Cromartie (51), CB-Darryl Morris (50), Guy (37), Geathers (36) and S-Matthias Farley (5).
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