INDIANAPOLIS — Fresh off their first win of the season, the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday were putting in their initial on-field preparations for this Sunday's road game against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
But a few key players were missing from the practice field.
Those who missed practice on Wednesday included wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quadricep), running back Marlon Mack (foot/hamstring), safety Clayton Geathers (knee/elbow), cornerback Quincy Wilson (concussion), tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), tight end Jack Doyle (hip), defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (calf) and defensive tackle/end Denico Autry (ankle).
Colts head coach Frank Reich deferred to today's injury report when talking to the media today before practice. He's next scheduled to talk with reporters early Friday afternoon.
» Mack, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first game of the preseason, made his 2018 regular season debut last Sunday against the Washington Redskins, starting at running back and logging 10 rushing attempts for 34 yards, as well as one reception for two yards. He was being checked out by team trainers at one point during the game, but returned. Reich said Monday Mack "did get a little banged up," but that he's "fine."
» Wilson suffered a concussion during the Redskins game. Reich said Sunday he's in the league concussion protocol.
» Castonzo was confident he'd be able to make his 2018 regular season debut against the Redskins as the team began practices last week, but suffered a setback with his hamstring injury on Wednesday, and did not practice the rest of the week. Le'Raven Clark got the start at left tackle in Castonzo's place against Washington.
» Ridgeway suffered a calf injury against the Redskins and did not return.
» Autry suffered his ankle injury during practice last week and was inactive for the Redskins game. Ridgeway got the start at defensive tackle in his place.
Good, Milton back
The Colts did see the return of two players who had missed time of late on Wednesday.
Tackle/guard Denzelle Good, who has been out with knee and wrist injuries since the third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, was back on the practice field, participating in positional drills in the early portion of the session available to be seen by the media.
Good had just been able to make his return from a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp when he went down with his most recent injuries Week 3 of the preseason.
Cornerback Chris Milton, meanwhile, was also back at practice on Wednesday, wearing a red no-contact jersey. Milton, one of the team's top special teams players, suffered a concussion covering a punt during the team's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 9.
"It was bittersweet, in that (it was) such a great experience there; (I had) such a good relationship with everyone there. But there's only 32 of these things, and if it's a goal and it's an aspiration, you've got to seize the moment. And especially because it was Indy — especially because it was Indy. I knew this city, I knew some of the players — getting the chance to come and coach Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle, as far as thinking from an offensive coach's standpoint. From that regard, it was an easy decision." — Frank Reich, on his decision to leave the Eagles as their offensive coordinator to take over as the Colts' head coach
Here's Wednesday's full practice report:
» DNP: DT/DE Denico Autry (ankle); T Anthony Castonzo (hamstring); TE Jack Doyle (hip); S Clayton Geathers (knee/elbow); WR T.Y. Hilton (quadricep); RB Marlon Mack (foot/hamstring); DT Hassan Ridgeway (calf); CB Quincy Wilson (concussion)
» Limited: T/G Denzelle Good (knee/wrist); CB Chris Milton (concussion)