INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts announced today that quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been downgraded to out in Sunday’s Week 10 matchup against the Miami Dolphins; cornerback Pierre Desir, meanwhile, has been downgraded to doubtful.
» Brissett suffered an injury to his left knee early in the second quarter of last Sunday’s Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers; he was rolled up on by left guard Quenton Nelson, who was knocked back into the quarterback’s leg by a Steelers defender. An MRI on Monday confirmed Brissett had a sprained MCL, but indicated he had sustained no serious damage. While Brissett, who was originally ruled questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, was a limited participant in all three practices this week, the team was also giving quarterback Brian Hoyer — who had three touchdown passes in relief work last week — extra practice reps just in case; Hoyer is in line to get his 38th-career start — and first with the Colts — on Sunday. The team on Saturday also announced it had elevated quarterback Chad Kelly to the active roster from the practice squad.
» Desir has been battling a nagging hamstring injury for more than a month; he initially suffered the injury in the Colts’ Week 5 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The veteran cornerback has been in and out of practice since, and although he was able to play Week 7 against the Houston Texans — finishing with seven tackles and two passes defensed, as well as his first interception of the season — Desir has sat out the last two games. He was initially ruled doubtful last Friday heading into the Week 9 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, was upgraded to questionable on Saturday but was ultimately inactive on gameday. This week, Desir was a limited participant on Wednesday, but he did not practice Thursday or Friday and was originally ruled questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. If Desir is limited or inactive on Sunday, look for Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell III, Shakial Taylor or Quincy Wilson to get added snaps at cornerback opposite starter Kenny Moore II.