Colts Friday Notebook: Kenny Moore Out, Malik Hooker Doubtful For Texans Game

Colts Friday Notebook: Kenny Moore Out, Malik Hooker Doubtful For Texans Game

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Colts Friday Notebook: Kenny Moore Out, Malik Hooker Doubtful For Texans Game

The Colts are going to have some important injuries to watch over the weekend. What does the final injury report of the week look like for the Colts, as they take on the Texans this Sunday afternoon?

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s looking like the Colts will be down two, and possibly three, secondary starters facing Deshaun Watson on Sunday.

 

Following the final practice of the week, Frank Reich ruled the following players out for Sunday’s critical divisional matchup: WR-Parris Campbell (abdominal), DT-Tyquan Lewis (ankle), CB-Kenny Moore (knee).

 

Here is what we learned from the Colts’ final practice of the week:

 

  • Cornerback Pierre Desir (hamstring) did not practice all week, so his availability for Sunday is very much in question. Frank Reich said it will be a game-time decision for Desir, who is listed as questionable. This hamstring injury for Desir is something that has lingered since Week 4, with him playing through it. Last year, Desir played in all 16 games. Before that, Desir had played in just 33 of 64 games in his first four NFL seasons. Right now, the Colts have 4 ‘healthy’ corners on the roster, and 3 of them are rookies: Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell, Shakial Taylor and then third-year corner Quincy Wilson. Tell and Taylor have combined to play 15 total defensive snaps in their careers (all coming against Kansas City). If the Colts need a corner from the practice squad this week, they do have 6-2 Deante Burton available to promote. Ironically, Burton played 2 games for the Texans last season. Frank Reich said on Friday that he thinks the Colts have enough cornerback bodies on the 53-man roster though and that they shouldn’t need to promote Burton.

 

  • It was a knee injury for CB-Kenny Moore that had him miss all of practice this week and will now have him OUT for Sunday. Moore first got banged up in the Kansas City game, but he returned and played through the injury. Without Moore, the Colts are missing a starting outside corner in the base defense and their top slot corner. Moore has missed just 1 game in his three-year NFL career. That came due to a concussion, on a short week, last season. In last year’s meetings against Houston, Moore was such an effective slot blitzer, so his presence will be missed there as well.

 

  • While S-Malik Hooker (knee) did practice on Thursday and Friday, he is doubtful for Week 7. Again, the Colts have stressed that they want to be cautious with Hooker trying to return from a torn meniscus in just 4 weeks. Hooker has missed 13 of 37 games in his three NFL seasons.

 

  • Veteran defensive end Justin Houston (calf) missed the last two days of practice this week, but he is expected to play against the Texans. “Just being cautious,” Frank Reich said on Friday of Houston. “With a guy like him, who has been around, feel confident that he’ll be fine.”

 

  • Rookie WR-Parris Campbell (abdominal) hasn’t practiced in three weeks. His absence on Sunday once again means the Colts will rely heavily on the likes of Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers and Deon Cain to complement T.Y. Hilton.

 

  • Sunday is the third straight missed game for DT-Tyquan Lewis (ankle). It was in the Atlanta game on September 22nd when Lewis originally got hurt. As we mentioned earlier week, it’s been a disappointing start to the 2019 season for Lewis. He’s played in 2 games this year (1 assisted tackle in 39 snaps), been hurt for 3 games and then was a healthy scratch for the season opener.

 

  • With the historic numbers put up by T.Y. Hilton against the Texans, it’s obviously time for Houston to try some things differently. Houston safety Justin Reid said this about Hilton earlier in the week: “He's a talented guy who's had a lot of success against us in the past, so we're going to change some things up, give him some different looks, play him a little differently than how we did in the past to take him out of the game."

 

  • A win on Sunday for the Colts would put them alone in first place of the AFC South. Shockingly, it would be the first time that the Colts sit all by themselves atop the division since November 2015. It’s been nearly 4 years since the Colts were in sole possession of the AFC South.

 

  • Something has to give on Sunday with the Colts getting after Deshaun Watson. The Texans haven’t allowed a sack in the last two games, which is (amazingly) tied for the longest such streak in franchise history. Well, the Colts also sacked Watson 15 times in 3 meetings last year, thanks to heavy blitzing. Remember, the Colts have taken advantage of banged up offensive lines before this season, and the Texans will be without rookie right tackle Tytus Howard.

 

  • The Colts have scored at least 23 points in 10 straight home games, which is the 2nd longest streak in the league. With an upcoming home schedule of Texans, Broncos, Dolphins and Jaguars, will that continue?

FINAL INJURY REPORT

 

OUT: WR-Parris Campbell (abdominal), DT-Tyquan Lewis (ankle), CB-Kenny Moore (knee)

 

           -Bowen Analysis: These updates are move.

 

DOUTBFUL: S-Malik Hooker (knee)

 

            -Bowen Analysis: The Hooker update is above.

 

QUESTIONABLE: LG-Quenton Nelson (hip), CB-Pierre Desir (hamstring), DE-Justin Houston (calf)

 

            -Bowen Analysis: Nelson didn’t practice on Friday and appeared on the injury report.

 

The following players were on the injury report this week but have since been removed: TE-Eric Ebron (illness), Clayton Geathers (rest), LB-Zaire Franklin (hamstring).

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