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Colts Monday Injury Report for Week 12: Mack and Willis already ruled out; 11 Colts DNP in “walkthrough”by Matt Danely on November 18, 2019 at 9:18 pm
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports The Indianapolis Colts suffered multiple injuries in their Week 11 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Additionally, they already had some important pieces on the shelf who have yet to be given the go-ahead in terms of being active in Week 12. In short, the Colts could be missing a lot of faces when they travel to Houston to take on the Texans this Thursday night. Marlon Mack and Khari Willis have already been ruled out by Frank Reich, which puts the running back position in a tough spot with Jordan Wilkins already banged up and missed Week 11. Similarly, George Odum was out of the game Sunday, and now with Willis ruled out, the all-important safety group will be short as well. Shakial Taylor was injured, and Pierre Desir has missed some time as well lately, and against Deshaun Watson, that could spell big trouble for the Colts’ secondary. An undermanned backfield, and secondary is not how the Colts wanted to ride into their Week 12 meeting with their AFC South foes. With today’s walk-through, Monday's injury report is only an estimation of a player’s participation if there was a practice. pic.twitter.com/0FBTtOmvLT— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 18, 2019 Being that the Colts are on their short week, they are conducting walkthroughs for their practices. Today the team releases the list that “if” they had a practice, this would be what the injury report would look like. We didn’t, and wouldn’t expect for these 11 players to practice but as you can see the list is long. Mo Alie-Cox, Anthony Castonzo, Eric Ebron, Clayton Geathers, T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack, George Odum, Shakial Taylor, Jordan Wilkins, Khari Willis, and Rock Ya-Sin all sat for today’s practice. There is good news in that Desir, and Parris Campbell would have at least have been limited today. The team really needs both of them to regain their health. Given the list of those who were non-participants, there is a handful who are likely to be good for Thursday against the Texans. Tomorrow’s report will be similar in regards to just having a walkthrough, and that will be one that may bare watching a little closer.
Marlon Mack undergoes surgery on broken hand, ruled OUT against the Texansby Chris Blystone on November 18, 2019 at 7:47 pm
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images Colts star running back Marlon Mack officially underwent surgery to repair a fractured hand this morning according to Ian Rapoport. #Colts RB Marlon Mack had surgery on his fractured hand this morning, per coach Frank Reich. He’s out on Thursday, and then potentially a few weeks after that.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2019 According to Mack, he injured the hand on his last run of the day, a 20-yarder that made it down inside the 10. Rapoport went into more detail about the type of injury, specifying that it was a metacarpal fracture on his right hand. Specifically, #Colts RB Marlon Mack broke a metacarpal in his right hand, a common fracture, source said. Had surgery this morning, then can come back with a splint.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2019 Any injury sustained Sunday was going to be tough to overcome on a short week, but this one will sideline Mack for this game and more, although Frank Reich was not offering a timetable for return. The good news is that it does not sound as though they expect Mack to be finished for 2019, which means he could return should they keep themselves in contention. If Jonathan Williams, Jordan Wilkins, and Nyheim Hines get the kind of blocking performance that the offensive line was able to put together Sunday, they will be more than capable of filling in for Mack in his absence. The weight of injuries is mounting for this Colts team, and they face their most critical game yet. If they can weather this storm, they are on the verge of getting back a couple key offensive pieces in the form of Devin Funchess and T.Y. Hilton. With those two back in the lineup and a healthy Marlon Mack, this is a much different offense. In the meantime, the Colts will have to hope that Jonathan Williams’ breakout game was not a fluke and that he can be a big factor over the next few weeks.
Jacoby Brissett Stat Tracker: Week 11by T. Troy Russell on November 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports Weekly dashboard of QB stats. Thanks to the nflscrapR project and the NFL Next Gen Stats who are the timely sources of this data. Shout-out to Arrowhead Pride’s Ethan Douglas whose weekly advanced analytics articles inspired some of these reports (OK, I stole them). Commentary will be brief but feel free to let me know in the comments that stats aren’t everything. (click charts for larger view) HOW WELL? Jacoby Brissett had really bad yardage efficiency but was about league average in the other 3 critical stats. It’s not what I would call a good day but it’s an improvement from his last showing. TO WHO? Zach Pascal led in targets but the ball was well distributed. Ebron is showing good value. HOW FAR? Brissett attempted longer passes but mostly connected on the shorter ones. HOW ACCURATE? The lack of yardage on short throws was somewhat made up for by better than expected accuracy. HOW QUICK? Brissett continued to hold the ball a long time and that likely contributed to the 3 sacks.
Monday Morning Awards: Week 11 Vs. Jaguarsby Mateo Caliz on November 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images In Brissett’s return from injury the Colts delivered a crucial win against the division rivals Jacksonville Jaguars to keep the play-off hopes alive. In what was the first game decided by more than 7 points in this season the Colts finally got back to running the damn ball and the results came, having two 100 yard rushers in what seems like a generation. MVPs of the game: Marlon Mack, Jonathan Williams The running game finally took off after a bad couple of weeks. Mack was his usual self before leaving the game with a hand injury. He was patient behind the line of scrimmage and had a beautiful touchdown run where he spinned off two defenders. Williams surprised everyone and had himself a breakout day. The duo rushed for a combined 225 yards on just 27 carries. With Mack out against the Texans, the Colts will be hoping that Williams’ game was not a fluke. Dud of the Game (The Grigsy): Right side of the line It was hard finding any players that were bad this game, considering the Colts dominated the Jags all game, but the right side of the offensive line continues to be a problem for Indy. Braden Smith seems like he gets beat every other play on pass protection and Mark Glowinski has regressed tremendously to the point that he is either committing a penalty or letting the defender blow by him on every play. Play of the Game: Marlon Mack’s spin cycle Not many running backs in the NFL can do what Marlon Mack just did. #Colts pic.twitter.com/XRfZ9nSLkZ— Locked On Colts Podcast (@LockedOnColts) November 17, 2019 With the Colts down 7-0 early in the first quarter, Mack capped off a dominant 76 yard drive with this amazing touchdown. Worst Play of the Game: Special Teams mishap on a Jags punt After the Colts defense once again forced a 3 and out, the Jags punted the ball away. Unfortunately, an unfortunate error by Bobby Okereke, where the ball dropped right next to him and touched him allowed Jacksonville to recover possession deep into Colts territory. The Colts D made yet another stand and forced the Jaguars to kick the field goal, and thankfully Lambo missed it, but it seemed like a missed opportunity to put the final nail in the coffin. Best Position Group: Running Backs What a day for the Colts backs. Mack was excellent once again and looked like the back we saw in the first few weeks. Williams had a breakout game subbing in for him and even Hines got into the action, catching 3 balls for 24 yards and adding a touchdown on the ground. Unsung Hero: Adam Vinatieri Let’s be real, many Colts fans were asking for Vinatieri to be cut or put on IR after yet another missed PAT against the Dolphins last week. This game, he was perfect on all his 5 kicks and more importantly the ball finally stopped turning sideways on every kick. Let’s just hope he can keep this solid kicking going at least till the end of the season. Rookie of the Week: Rock Ya-Sin Ya-Sin had an excellent game both in coverage, recording an interception and always being near his receiver, and also tackling. He had to leave the game with an ankle injury in the second half, but after watching him get burnt time after time during the first half of the season it is encouraging to see him make strides in his play.
NFL Playoff Picture: Where the Colts stack up ahead of week 12by Chris Blystone on November 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports The Colts did exactly what they needed to at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. They got a great win and put themselves back atop the AFC South with a chance to go into Houston and cement it further. With the playoff picture slowing beginning to come into focus, let’s take a look at how things stand around the AFC. Playoff Teams 1st Seed – New England Patriots (9-1) The road to the Super Bowl seems as if it is primed to go through Foxboro yet again. The Patriots boast a very good defense that has showcased its ability against lesser offenses throughout the season. The back stretch of their schedule should be telling about how good this team really is, but it would be surprising to see them fall out of a first-round bye situation given the schedule they face. Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports 2nd Seed – Baltimore Ravens (8-2) Perhaps the most exciting team in football right now, the Ravens have been electric this season and Lamar Jackson has shut up all but the most stubborn and illogical critics. He is making a strong bid for MVP, and made a very good Patriots defense look inept and slow. This team is playing a different style of football, and have put themselves in a good spot to secure a first-round bye. 3rd Seed – Indianapolis Colts (6-4) After Sunday’s win over Jacksonville and the Texans’ crushing loss to Baltimore, the Colts hold the lead in the division. If they can beat the Texans on Thursday Night Football, they’ll be in great shape, and they’ll host the Titans the following week in a game that could really lock down the division lead. With their receivers getting healthier and their rookies beginning to emerge as contributors, this could be a team that hits its stride at the right time to make some noise. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports 4th Seed – Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) The Chiefs managed to weather the storm that was the injury to Patrick Mahomes, and came through on the other side still atop their division. That’s a place that is far from secure, with the Oakland Raiders hot on their heels, but they’ll have a winnable schedule to close out the season and will face the Raiders in two weeks in a game that could decide the division winner. With such a high-powered offense, it is tough to see this Chiefs team not playing meaningful football in January. 5th Seed - Buffalo Bills (7-3) Are the Bills as good as their record? That depends on who you ask. What we’ll get to see though, is how they hold up against top teams down the stretch. They’ll face the Ravens at home as well as the Patriots in Foxboro before this season is through, and the results will tell if they really belong. Given the teams they face apart from those two, however, it seems unlikely they will fall completely flat and miss out on the playoffs. This is a team that seems like a lock for a wildcard spot. 6th Seed – Houston Texans (6-4) The Texans might be the team whose flaws finally become too great to overcome. They have struggled on defense in 2019, and the loss of J.J. Watt is one that will undoubtedly catch up to them late in the season. They were absolutely demolished by the Ravens, and have very little room for error with a tough slate of games ahead. They’ll host the Colts on Thursday night and if they lose that game, they are in real trouble as they’ll follow it up with the Patriots. The pressure is on, and teams like the Raiders and Titans are hanging out on the fringe, hoping for a chance to bump them off. Since both games against the Titans are still in front of them, that makes keeping their one game lead even more critical. Outside Looking In Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Raiders (6-4) The Raiders have been a bit of a surprise this season. Jon Gruden despite his cartoonish and awful mannerisms on Hard Knocks, has demonstrated himself to be a solid coach and has led a relatively rough group to a disciplined and successful season. They are scrappy, tough, and aren’t going anywhere soon. With a win over the Colts and a relatively easy schedule ahead, the Raiders are very much alive in the playoff picture. Steelers (5-5) Another team with a win over the Colts that could bite them, the Steelers have managed to crank up their turnover factory of a defense and have themselves on the precipice of the playoffs. If the Colts falter Thursday, it opens the door for both the Raiders and the Steelers to secure a better chance at the playoffs. The issue for the Steelers is that they simply don’t have a good offense. They’ll face a few tough teams over the remainder of the season, and it seems unlikely they can keep producing on defense at the rate they have been. If they can, the Colts may end up regretting that loss even more. Titans (5-5) A long shot to make the playoffs, the Titans are by no means out of it. They won in a surprising upset over the Chiefs, and face a winnable schedule down the stretch. They have 4 division games ahead still, and winning all those would put them in a strong position. There isn’t much wiggle room for them to be less than excellent in December, but they should not be overlooked. For the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures, head here.