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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s looking like the Colts will have their starting quarterback under center this weekend.
Jacoby Brissett (sprained MCL) was a ‘full’ participant at Wednesday’s practice, which is a vital step in him getting back to his Sunday duties.
Frank Reich said before Wednesday’s practice, if Brissett indeed went ‘full’ in practice later in the day, that would be huge for his availability come Sunday.
“I’m assuming it’s all going to be good and barring any setback the rest of the week, he’ll be the starter,” Reich said.
Also, in case there was a question on it, Reich said the Colts will definitely be sticking with Brian Hoyer as their backup quarterback this week.
What else did we learn from the Colts’ first practice of the week?
- Along with the quarterback update, the biggest news from Wednesday was the Colts deciding to stick with Adam Vinatieri at kicker. Frank Reich explained that reasoning in this article.
- While WR-T.Y. Hilton (calf) did not practice on Wednesday, Frank Reich wasn’t ready to comment on his star wide receiver’s practice availability for the rest of the week. Given Hilton’s history of playing through injuries, Reich is hesitant to offer a guarantee, one way or the other, so early in the week. Hilton initially hurt his calf in practice two weeks ago. Originally, Reich mentioned a 3-to-4 week timetable for Hilton’s return. Can the Colts’ top playmaker trim that timeline to 2 and a half weeks and play by Sunday, or is next Thursday against Houston a better option?
- Wednesday marked the first practice for WR-Devin Funchess (clavicle) since the season opener. Funchess’ absence for more than two months has his return to game action possibly on hold, even though he’s eligible to play this Sunday against the Jaguars. Funchess could have practiced as early as three weeks ago, but his rehab has lingered a bit. On Wednesday, Funchess wore a red non-contact jersey. Being exposed to contact is a hurdle that Funchess still must clear. “(Funchess) has to get certain things done and scans done to make sure he’s fully cleared and ready to go,” Reich said. For the Colts to have Funchess play on Sunday, which seems up in the air, they will have to make a roster move to call him up to the 53-man roster. Wednesday’s decision means Funchess is now 1 of the 2 ‘injured reserve to return’ guys for the Colts in 2019 (the Colts still have the other ‘IR to return’ spot open). The Colts now have a 21-day window to either promote Funchess to the 53-man roster or place him on IR.
- As you’d expect, Deon Cain was surprised to be cut over the weekend. Cain is back on the practice squad and knows what he must figure out in order to get his 53-man roster spot back (which won’t be easy at all, once the health starts to improve at wide receiver). What did Chris Ballard tell Cain? “He just wants me to key in, lock in and take this game serious,” Cain shared on Wednesday. “It’s the National Football League. A lot of talent comes and goes. Put my head down and work, and rise up and be the type of person that he wants me to be.” Cain said a few teams reached out to his agent after the young wideout was waived, but those teams were looking for guys to come in and be immediate contributors. Once Cain cleared waivers, the Colts brought him back, but via the practice squad. “I really wasn’t expecting it because of the person I am, with my ego, and all of that stuff,” Cain said about the initial surprise of being waived. “I really didn’t expect for that to happen, but it happened. Nobody expects the worse. But at the end of the day, I’m here and I still get another opportunity to showcase what I can do…I want to fight for my spot back and really earn my respect and trust from my teammates to let them know that I can fight for them. I already know what I have to do, is put my head down, keep coming to work everyday and show these guys.”
- Anthony Castonzo shares a similar sentiment to the story that I wrote earlier this week: the Colts need better from their offensive line. “We haven’t played the way we want to,” the veteran left tackle says of his unit’s recent play. “We know that. I think you know that. We have to play better.” Castonzo said it comes down to ‘techniques and fundamentals’ in trying to correct the recent issues.
- Pierre Desir’s absence from practice continued on Wednesday. This nagging hamstring injury has kept Desir from practicing in 11 of the team’s last 14 session. Desir has missed the last three weeks. The cornerback depth is being tested with 3 rookies currently in the top 4 of the depth chart (Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell, Shakial Taylor). We did see Quincy Wilson (shoulder) back at practice on Wednesday, after he missed the final two days last week.
- The Colts will practice again on Thursday and Friday, before battling the Jaguars this Sunday at 1:00 PM inside of Lucas Oil Stadium.
WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT
DNP: WR-T.Y. Hilton (calf), CB-Pierre Desir (hamstring), WR-Parris Campbell (hand), RB-Jordan Wilkins (ankle), TE-Mo Alie-Cox (hip), TE-Jack Doyle (shoulder)
-Bowen Analysis: Campbell’s return isn’t expected for another couple of games. Wilkins left the loss to Miami early with an ankle injury. With Alie-Cox and Doyle missing Wednesday’s practice, Eric Ebron was the lone healthy tight end on the 53-man roster.
LIMITED: S-Clayton Geathers (rest), LB-Darius Leonard (abdomen)
-Bowen Analysis: Leonard played every snap on Sunday and didn’t have any injury during the game.
FULL: Jacoby Brissett (knee)
-Bowen Analysis: The Brissett update is above.