INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will have to do without at least four players on Sunday – three in attack, one in defense – when they face the Houston Texans at week 14 at the NRG Stadium.
However, the status of another major offensive player remains slightly higher in the air. Head coach Frank Reich said Friday that the close-ended Mo Alie-Cox, the broad receiver Dontrelle Inman, the center of Ryan Kelly and the safety of Mike Mitchell have all been barred against the Texans.
Broad receiver T.Y. Hilton is now more of a playing time decision.
»Alie-Cox suffered a calf injury in practice two weeks ago and has not been on the field ever since the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The tight end of the first year had really started in the last few weeks and reached its first two career weeks 8 and 1
»Inman signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 16, will miss his first game of the season after playing four in six games. Inman had not trained shoulder-injured all week. The veteran of the fifth year has been hired immediately since taking up the mid-season, scoring 19 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown.
»Kelly suffered a knee injury victory over the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter of Colts & #; Week 11 and has since failed to return to the play or practice field. Also the games of Dolphins and Jaguars were missed. Reich has pointed out that the team with Kellys injury rather in everyday life proceeds. Evan Boehm will earn his third consecutive start on Sunday in his midst.
»Mitchell left the game last Sunday with a calf injury and could not train all week. Also an important takeover of mid-season veterans – he was signed on 9 October as a free agent – Mitchell has completed six games this season with three starts and logged a total of 24 tackles, a interceptor, a defended pass and two forced fumble. In the seventh week, he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in Indy's victory over the Buffalo Bills. There were recorded seven tackles, a forced fumble, which was salvaged by linebacker Darius Leonard, and then an interception.
»Hilton missed the first two training days with a shoulder injury this week, but was able to return on Friday. Reich said he felt "somewhat optimistic" about Hilton's chances of playing on Sunday, saying that he would probably be more of a playtime decision. The winner for seven years has another solid season in 2018 and caught 53 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns.
Another key player, Anthony Castonzo's left attack, rested during Friday's practice session as he was "a little bit busy" with a bit of a knee problem, "Reich said.
Friday's non-early-morning part of the practice available for the media: defensive duel / end Denico Autry, safety Malik Hooker, safety Clayton Geathers and linebacker Anthony Walker.
The full practice report from Friday as well as those that are either considered dubious or questionable for the Sunday match, you will find later in the afternoon at Colts.com.