It’s Monday, which means that the teams who’ll play on Thursday must submit a list of the players whose ability to participate in practice today were affected by injuries.
But since the teams who’ll play on Thursday also played on Sunday, they don’t practice on Monday.
Still, the injury report must be respected (except when fudging it). And so teams have to estimate whether players would have practiced if there had been practice.
And if there had been practice for the Colts today, they might have needed to borrow a few players from Purdue; 29 of 53 men on the active roster would not have practiced.
That’s 54.7 percent of the entire team.
Actually, two of the players — defensive end Dwight Freeney and defensive back Antoine Bethea — would have missed practice in order to rest.
So 27 of 53 wouldn’t have practiced due to injury, which is 50.9 percent.
The list comes less than a day after team president Bill Polian vowed to rest all injured players during the coming three-week postseason preseason, and on the same day that coach Jim Caldwell said he only would hold players out of Thursday night’s game if there is a “health issue.”
So, as of Monday, there’s a “health issue” with Joseph Addai, Gary Brackett, Raheem Brock, Donald Brown, Melvin Bullitt, Keyunta Dawson, Kyle DeVan, Ryan Diem, Eric Foster, Aaron Francisco, Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez, Kelvin Hayden, Tim Jennings, Charlie Johnson Jacob Lacey, Peyton Manning, Robert Mathis, Dan Muir, Jerraud Powers, Jamey Richard, Tom Santi, Clint Session, Chad Simpson, Tony Ugoh, Adam Vinatieri, and Reggie Wayne.
Why do we have a feeling most of these guys will have a “health issue” come Thursday?