INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts are going to Kansas City, but they’ll be without a starter on the defensive side of the ball.
The Colts today announced that defensive tackle/end Tyquan Lewis, who was already originally labeled as doubtful, has been downgraded to out for Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
The rookie Lewis suffered a knee injury in the Colts’ Week 17 road victory over the Tennessee Titans, and hasn’t been able to practice or play since.
The Colts do have other viable options at Lewis’ starting spot at defensive end for this postseason matchup against the league’s No. 1 offense.
Al-Quadin Muhammad got the start in Lewis’ place in last Saturday’s Wild Card Round victory over the Houston Texans, and had a strong performance, finishing with two tackles (one for a loss) and his first sack of the year.
In 15 games with four starts during the regular season, the second-year veteran Muhammad finished with 28 total tackles (five for a loss) and added two quarterback hits, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.
Kemoko Turay could also continue seeing added playing time at defensive end against the Chiefs. Turay also had a couple tackles, including one for a loss, last Saturday against the Texans, and finished his rookie season with 15 total tackles (one for a loss) with 4.0 sacks, 13 quarterback hits and one forced fumble.
Lewis sat out the first half of the regular season on injured reserve as he dealt with a toe injury suffered during training camp, but he was able to make quite the impact upon being activated to the active roster. In his first eight-career NFL games, starting six, Lewis collected 13 tackles (three for a loss) with two sacks, eight quarterback hits and one pass defensed.
Lewis is one of two players now ruled out for the Chiefs game, joining wide receiver Ryan Grant (toe). Defensive tackle/end Denico Autry (shoulder) and safety Malik Hooker (foot) are questionable.
For the Chiefs, linebacker Dorian O’Daniel (calf/ankle) is doubtful, while three players — safety Eric Berry (heel), running back Spencer Ware (hamstring) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) — are questionable.