Colts Could Be Shuffling Right Side Of Offensive Line This Week

Intro: The Colts were indoors at practice on Wednesday, dealing with some injuries on the offensive line. What did the first injury report of London week look like for the Colts?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are less than 24 hours away from boarding a flight to London.

Wednesday's rain in Indy had the Colts indoor for practice, with the team ramping up the on-the-field work.

The Colts will practice again on Thursday before getting on a plane for an eight-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Here is the Wednesday notebook of London week for the Colts facing the Jaguars:

INJURY NOTES

  • CB-Darius Butler (hamstring): It's a week-to-week timetable for Butler after he suffered a grade one hamstring injury against Denver. Butler did not practice on Wednesday.
  • T-Denzelle Good (back): The starting right guard was seen jogging at Wednesday's practice. He missed all of last week with a back injury.
  • C/G-Jonotthan Harrison (illness): Without Harrison, the Colts had a very, very young right side of their offensive line at Wednesday's practice.
  • WR-Donte Moncrief (shoulder): Moncrief is one week into a recovery that is expected to keep him out four-to-six weeks.
  • OT-Joe Reitz (back): Reitz has been battling a back injury of late and left Sunday's game in the second quarter. Reitz did not practice on Wednesday.
  • CB-Patrick Robinson (concussion): Donning a blue (normal) practice jersey on Wednesday, Robinson was back to being a full participant. This is a major (early in the week) development for Robinson returning to the lineup

Rob Chudzinski on the offensive line in Week Four:

"We've got some pieces that we are juggling right now."


Bowen's Analysis: With Good, Harrison and Reitz missing practice on Wednesday, the Colts were left with three rookies on the right side of their offensive line (Austin Blythe, Le'Raven Clark and Joe Haeg). Rob Chudzinski admitted that the Colts are dealing with multiple scenarios of how the line could shake out this weekend.

We did see Good do some jogging at practice. If either Good or Reitz has to miss Sunday, Haeg is the most likely option to be back in the starting lineup. Haeg gives some rare position flex as a rookie and is certainly this team's sixth lineman going forward. The health of Good, Harrison, Reitz is the biggest injury storyline this week.Andrew Luck on his health after San Diego:

"I feel better, better than I did a week ago."


Bowen's Analysis: Andrew Luck has thrown six touchdown passes this season, but the talk is still about his turnovers. From a throwing standpoint, Luck's interception percentage actually is one of the better ones in the NFL. Of the 18 quarterbacks who have attempted at least 107 passes this season, Luck is one of just six with two interceptions or less.

This week is a homecoming of sorts for Luck. He lived in London growing up, with his dad spearheading the early development of NFL Europe. Luck's younger brother was actually born in London and the family still has ties to the area. For really the first time since the NFL began playing games in London in 2007, fans over there have a connection to one of the game's most prominent players.

Ted Monachino on possibly getting cornerback Patrick Robinson back to work this weekend:

"It opens up several areas in the playbook. You can get away with playing some more (man-to-man). You can get away adding some more pressure on third down."


Bowen's Analysis: Robinson was in a normal practice jersey color on Wednesday, practicing full, a good sign for his progress through the concussion protocol. If Robinson returns to action on Sunday, the Colts will have a healthy cornerback group to pair with full strength at safety. That will only aid a unit that has played very well as of late. Vontae Davis made his 2016 debut last Sunday. Monachino said Davis is currently a "good, solid, No. 1 corner" and on his way to getting back to "dominant" form.

This weekend, Monachino is ready for a talented Jaguars' skill group that hasn't performed to the level many expected this season. It's a running back combo of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory that brings the speed and power. Then at wide receiver, you have a duo in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns that Monachino puts up with anyone in the NFL. Looking back on Week Three, Monachino singled out the performances of NT-David Parry, OLB-Erik Walden and S-Clayton Geathers.


INJURY REPORT

Here is Wednesday's injury report:

-DNP: CB-Darius Butler (hamstring), T-Denzelle Good (back), RB-Frank Gore (rest), C/G-Jonotthan Harrison (illness), WR-T.Y. Hilton (knee), ILB-D'Qwell Jackson (rest), OLB-Robert Mathis (rest), WR-Donte Moncrief (shoulder), OT-Joe Reitz (calf, neck)

-LIMITED: QB-Andrew Luck (right shoulder)

-FULL: CB-Patrick Robinson (concussion)

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