INDIANAPOLIS – It's that time of year where injuries forcing players to injured reserve become more prevalent.
The Colts saw the first such cases of that on Monday, with Jack Mewhort (knee), Clayton Geathers (neck) and Curt Maggitt (knee) all going on injured reserve.
Mewhort, who has started 10 games at left guard this year, has been arguably the team's most consistent lineman in 2016.
The injury to Mewhort came during Sunday's third quarter when he got rolled up on Frank Gore's screen pass touchdown.
With Mewhort now done for the season, the Colts will have some options to explore up front.
Jonotthan Harrison filled in at left guard when Mewhort left Sunday's loss.
Another possibility involves the healthy return of Denzelle Good (concussion), who missed the Texans game. If Good comes back this week, it could allow for the Colts to possibly slide rookie Joe Haeg over to left guard. Haeg has started at left guard twice this season.
If Good is healthy, and goes back to right guard, the Colts could use Haeg at left guard and keep Joe Reitz at right tackle.
With Geathers, the second-year safety suffered a neck injury in the practice week leading into the Jets game. Geathers played in nine games this season for the Colts and was one of their more versatile defenders.
Geathers missed practice last week. Darius Butler started at safety, next to Mike Adams, in Geathers' place on Sunday. In adding depth to safety, the Colts did sign veteran Duke Williams on Monday. Williams has played in 57 career games (10 starts) with the Bills. Williams was waived by the Bills last month after playing nine games with Buffalo this season.
Maggitt (knee) has played in nine games this season as a reserve. The 2016 undrafted free agent left Sunday's loss in the second half with a knee injury.
Another injury to watch this week for the Colts is Donte Moncrief (hamstring). Moncrief left Sunday's loss to the Texans after not recording a catch in four targets.
With Moncrief's status up in the air, the Colts have brought Devin Street back up from the practice squad. Street played in three games for the Colts this season (one catch for 20 yards).*
The Colts will begin practice for Week 15 and the Vikings on Wednesday.