NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games.
For the Indianapolis Colts, they’ll have most of their big-time players available for tonight’s big-time, win-or-go-home regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans.
Now, the Colts hope to see plenty of big-time plays as they try to earn a playoff berth for the first time since the 2014 season.
Indianapolis (9-6) will have the likes of tight end Eric Ebron and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton — each of whom were labeled as questionable — available for tonight’s game.
Starting MIKE linebacker Anthony Walker, who missed last week’s game against the New York Giants with a shoulder injury, also should be good to go tonight, as should starting right guard Mark Glowinski, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. Cornerback Nate Hairston (hip), wide receivers Dontrelle Inman (shoulder) and Zach Pascal (knee) and defensive end Jabaal Sheard (teeth/knee), all of whom were also labeled as questionable heading into tonight’s game, are active, as well.
Starting strong safety Clayton Geathers, who missed last weeks's game against the Giants with a knee injury and did not practice all this week, is inactive again tonight, however.
Others inactive for the Colts include tackle/guard Le'Raven Clark, cornerback Jalen Collins, wide receiver Daurice Fountain, center Ryan Kelly, linebacker Ahmad Thomas and running back Jonathan Williams.
» Ebron exited last Sunday’s victory over the New York Giants and was placed in the league’s concussion protocol. He did not practice on Wednesday, listed with both a concussion and a knee injury. Ebron returned to the practice field on Thursday wearing a red, no-contact jersey, and then was a full participant on Friday. Colts head coach Frank Reich said Friday the team was optimistic Ebron would be cleared by an independent league neurologist to be made available for tonight’s game. Ebron, a fifth-year tight end, has had a breakout season in 2018, his first year with the Colts; he has 62 receptions for 690 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns on the year.
» Hilton also did not practice all week as he battles a nagging ankle injury; in fact, in the last three weeks, Hilton has practiced just once, but he has been active for all three games. Hilton fought through the ankle issue to catch five passes for 85 yards two weeks ago against the Dallas Cowboys, and exploded for seven catches for 138 yards last week against the Giants. Hilton has the most receiving yards (856) of any NFL player since Week 10, and, in all, has 74 receptions for 1,209 yards and six touchdowns on the year.