The last time the Colts faced the Jaguars, injuries at cornerback helped Jacksonville to their only victory of the 2012 season.
If Indianapolis wants to avoid the same result on Thursday night, they’ll need to do a better job of handling injuries because the situation doesn’t look much better this time around. The Colts ruled out cornerback Vontae Davis on Monday with the knee injury that forced him to miss Sunday’s win over the Dolphins and, on Tuesday, they ruled out their other starting cornerback as well.
Jerraud Powers hurt his toe in the Dolphins game and coach Bruce Arians announced Tuesday that the injury is severe enough to keep him from facing the Jaguars.
“Next guy up. You’ve got to come in here and play as a starter,” Arians said, via Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. “If you accept anything less than that, you’ll get less.”
The next guys up are Darius Butler and Cassius Vaughn, who will play with Josh Gordy and Marshay Green in reserve. It’s not a particularly imposing group, but, then, the Jaguars don’t have a particularly imposing passing game and the group was good enough to keep the Dolphins from winning a close game last Sunday after Powers was hurt.
The Colts were also without running back Donald Brown, tight end Coby Fleener, linebacker Robert Mathis and center Samson Satele all did not practice for the Colts on Tuesday. We’ll find out their status for Week 10 when the Colts release their injury report on Wednesday afternoon.