Colts Notebook: Clayton Geathers Ruled Out For Giants Game


Colts Notebook: Clayton Geathers Ruled Out For Giants Game

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Colts Notebook: Clayton Geathers Ruled Out For Giants Game

Heading into Week 16, both the Colts and Giants have some critical guys dealing with injuries. What does the final injury report of the week look like?

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INDIANAPOLIS – In a week facing one of the game’s most dynamic runners, the spine of the Colts defense will be tested with injuries.

The Colts will not have safety Clayton Geathers (knee) in Week 16 and face a couple of other injury questions going into Sunday afternoon.

Here are some takeaways from the Colts’ final practice of the season.

  • How big of a loss is Clayton Geathers on Sunday? Here was Frank Reich earlier in the week talking about the tone setting safety: “Clayton has been toughing it out big time. I can’t say enough about that. Even when he is playing, he is just playing at a very high level. It is just something about when Clayton is out there it just gives us an emotional life. That guy is a leader in every way, just the physicality and the toughness. He is big time for us.” Geathers has played in 12 of 14 games this season (he missed the Jets and Bills game) in playing through some nagging injuries.
  • With Geathers out, the Colts have some injury dilemmas to figure out at the safety spot opposite Malik Hooker. Undrafted free agent George Odum pretty much split snaps with Geathers against Dallas. But Odum (knee) practiced only on Friday this week, and he was limited. Mike Mitchell (calf) hasn’t played in three weeks, however he did practice all three days this week, including a full session on Friday. Both Odum and Mitchell are questionable for Sunday. Would the Colts use a combination of Odum and Mitchell this weekend alongside Hooker? Is new safety J.J. Wilcox able to handle some workload after the Colts signed the veteran safety on Tuesday?  
  • Last week T.Y. Hilton became the first Colts player in 2018 to miss the entire week of practice and still play that Sunday. Anthony Walker (shoulder) is trying to do that this week. How important is Walker to the Colts? He’s played 657 snaps this season (Darius Leonard has played 843). The next linebacker in snap counts? Matthew Adams with 167. Walker is also the MIKE linebacker, which allows Leonard to play that natural WILL position. It’s no guarantee how the Colts would use their reserve linebackers in Zaire Franklin/Adams if Walker can’t go this weekend. Walker does a lot for the Colts. “He’s really played well, consistently well,” Reich said of Walker on Friday. “He’s gotten better and better as the year has gone. The thing that has stood out to me as the year has gone along is the playmaking, tackling, instincts and just being in the right place at the right time. He’s been instrumental in the defensive success.”
  • If Walker can’t go, the spine of the Colts defense will be missing some valuable parts this week against the dynamic Saquon Barkley. It would be no Walker, no Geathers and you also placed reserve defensive lineman Al Woods on IR earlier in the week. Woods has been effective on run downs, even if his role was decreasing as of late.
  • Mark Glowinski (ankle) did return to practice on Thursday and Friday, and he was limited both days. I’m still not ready to say Glowinski will get his starting right guard job back this week. Joe Haeg played right guard against the Cowboys and I expect him to stay in the starting lineup against the Giants. Reich mentioned on Friday that the Colts are not ready to say if Glowinski will even for sure play this Sunday.
  • T.Y Hilton (ankle) practiced on Friday for just the second time in the last 3 weeks. He hasn’t practiced on a Wednesday or Thursday since early December. Hilton should be good to go for Sunday’s game against the Giants.
  • It’s very, very early, but we have heard Matt Eberflus’ name being thrown around as a possible head coaching candidate come January. What head coaching qualities does Eberflus have? “Character, strong conviction about what he believes in and just proof of a high-level of competency,” Reich said on Friday. “At this level, as a coordinator, you prove from an Xs and Os standpoint that your scheme works and wins. I think he’s proven that.”
  • The Giants are going to be down some key players this Sunday. After their final practice of the week, the Giants ruled the following starters OUT: WR-Odell Beckham Jr., LB-Alec Ogletree and C-Spencer Pulley. Those are some pretty important names and they don’t include All-Pro safety Landon Collins, who is on injured reserve.
  • Rookie left guard Quenton Nelson is the only player on the Colts to have not missed a snap this season (990 offensive snaps). Nelson has played the 6th most snaps of any player in the NFL this year.
  • Now that the Pro Bowl fiasco is over, the Colts have some very deserving candidates for end-of-the-season awards. Let’s take a closer look at the chances for the likes of Andrew Luck, Darius Leonard, Chris Ballard, Frank Reich and Quenton Nelson.
  • With a win on Sunday the Colts would guarantee their first winning season since 2014. Before this current three-year non-winning season drought, the last one for the franchise was from 1989-91.




OUT: S-Clayton Geathers (knee)


QUESTIONABLE: WR-T.Y. Hilton (ankle), S-George Odum (knee), LB-Anthony Walker (shoulder), OG-Mark Glowinski (ankle), S-Mike Mitchell (calf)


-Bowen’s Analysis: Mitchell was FULL on Friday, after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Glowinski was limited on both Thursday and Friday after not practicing on Wednesday.



The following players were on the injury report at some point this week but have since been removed: TE-Eric Ebron (quad), S-Malik Hooker (hip), DT-Margus Hunt (foot), WR-Dontrelle Inman (shoulder), S- CB-Kenny Moore (shin), WR-Zach Pascal (knee) DE-Jabaal Sheard (ribs), S-Quincy Wilson (elbow).

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