Colts notebook: Dwayne Allen in, Mike Adams out, Vontae Davis maybe vs. Packers
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It was an all-too-typical medical update Friday as Chuck Pagano assessed his Indianapolis Colts as they prepared for Sunday’s road test against the Green Bay Packers.
Every bit of good news – the return of tight end Dwayne Allen – was countered by several prominent players being ruled out.
The latter list consists of two-time Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams (groin), guard Jack Mewhort (tricep), right tackle Joe Reitz (concussion), defensive end Kendall Langford (knee) and linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring).
Pagano is optimistic Vontae Davis will play against the Packers, but that won’t be determined until Saturday when the Pro Bowl cornerback meets with an independent neurologist and passes the final phase of the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Davis passed the early phases, which included going through practice Thursday and Friday wearing a non-contact red jersey. He was scheduled to go through the next phase with the team’s medical staff following Friday’s practice.
“With the trainers he’ll put the shoulder pads on and do the second-to-last phase of the protocol,” Pagano said. “If he gets through that clean, which we anticipate, he’ll see an independent (doctor) tomorrow and hopefully get cleared and be ready to go.”
Davis suffered his third concussion in as many seasons in Sunday’s loss to Kansas City.
The significance of Adams’ absence can’t be overstated. That leaves the Colts with three healthy safeties: Clayton Geathers, T.J. Green and Matthias Farley. Green and Farley are rookies. Geathers is in his second season.
The last line of defense undoubtedly will be tested by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It will be important, Pagano said, for the Colts to disguise their approach even though “there’s nothing that Aaron has not seen.
“We’ve got to make it as difficult as you can. Having said that, you do have a rookie out there in T.J. and you’ve got a second-year player in Geathers. It is what it is.
“He’s going to make some plays. We know that. But we’ve got to make our fair share. We’ve got to make ‘em go the long, hard way and not give them anything cheap.’’
Allen ready: Allen returns to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a sprained right ankle. The team feared he would be out longer.
“Yeah, back quicker than I expected,’’ Allen said. “Those ankles are tricky things. Some heal faster than others and some take a little time.
“Thankfully we had a plan and I was able to get out there get enough practice in.’’
O-line shuffled again: Injuries to Mewhort and Reitz mean quarterback Andrew Luck will operate behind a sixth different starting offensive line this season, and the 35th in his 64-game regular-season career.
In all probability, Jon Harrison will start at left guard for Mewhort and rookie Joe Haeg will once again step in for Reitz.