Cornerbacks Hayden, Hughes to Miss New England Game
INDIANAPOLIS – As expected, the Colts' secondary will have a new look Sunday night.
A very new look.
With cornerback Marlin Jackson on injured reserve and Kelvin Hayden inactive, Tim Jennings will start at one cornerback Sunday against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium, and Keiwan Ratliff will start at the opposite corner.
The changes were announced shortly before kickoff Sunday.
Jennings, the Colts' second-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, started the last three games for Hayden, while Ratliff – a second-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2004 – originally was claimed by the Colts off waivers last November.
He was released by the Colts in September, re-signed on October 8, the released again in late October before being re-signed this past week.
Jackson, a starter in the last 23 games, was placed on injured reserve – a move that ended his season – with a knee injury this past week, while Hayden practiced Wednesday before missing Thursday and Friday. He had missed the last three games with a knee injury.
Second-year cornerback Dante Hughes, who had played extensively in passing situations this season, was declared inactive shortly before kickoff with an ankle injury.
The Colts' inactives were:
Hughes, Hayden, running back Clifton Dawson, center Steve Justice, linebacker Freddy Keiaho, wide receiver Roy Hall, tight end Tom Santi and defensive tackle Dan Muir.
Tyjuan Hagler will start in place of Keiaho.