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Colts down two offensive linemen against Texans

Andrew Luck, Samson Satele AP

If the Colts are going to win on Sunday in Houston and keep their chances of winning the AFC South alive, they’ll have to do it without two of their starting offensive linemen.

Interim head coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that neither center Samson Satele or left tackle Winston Justice will make the trip to Houston. Neither player practiced at all this week, although Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star reports that Justice tried to practice on Friday before his biceps injury made it impossible for him to get through the session. Jeff Linkenbach will start in his place.

Satele will miss the game with an ankle injury, leaving A.Q. Shipley to start at center and make the line call against one of the league’s best defenses. Arians said he isn’t worried about Shipley’s ability to handle the job, but he is worried about any other injuries up front on offense.

“He’s had to do it a couple times now, so he’s used to it. That’s probably the least of my concerns, him getting his calls and making everything right,” Arians said. “We cannot, obviously, afford any injuries in this ball game up front. We’ll be pretty thin.”

Quarterback Andrew Luck has taken a lot of hits this season behind his regular offensive line. With the injuries and this Texans defense, he’ll probably be in line for more on Sunday.

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12 Responses to “Colts down two offensive linemen against Texans”
  1. Sarcasm says: Dec 14, 2012 2:46 PM

    Andrew Luck has taken a lot of hits for 3 reasons.

    An average at best offensive line.

    Indecisive decision making/holding the ball too long.

    Bruce Arians moronic system.

  2. steelerben says: Dec 14, 2012 2:59 PM

    Facing a Texans defense that was just embarrassed in Foxboro is not a great time to be down two starting lineman. This has the makings of a bad day for Andrew Luck.

  3. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 14, 2012 3:09 PM

    Dude above me is clueless!!!

  4. jgava19 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:10 PM

    Sarcasm is clueless.

  5. skinsfan91 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:12 PM

    peytonsneck18 calling someone clueless. Pot meet kettle. Colts and Average Lucky will come back down to earth here. Redskins and Colts will have same record at end of season. RGIII laps A. Lucky in OROY race.

  6. cliverush says: Dec 14, 2012 4:16 PM

    This game will be a 3 second rule lesson for Mr. Luck.

  7. jgava19 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:31 PM

    Skins won’t even make playoffs. Enjoy your 10 million $ penalty next year, and no first round picks the next two seasons.

    RG will be lucky if he plays 5 seasons.

  8. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:52 PM

    Rg3 body cant even hold up one year….so skins are clueless!!

  9. Sarcasm says: Dec 14, 2012 5:03 PM

    Speaking the truth must translate to clueless on this site.

  10. cmgww says: Dec 14, 2012 5:04 PM

    Shipley has actually played better than Satele in his time at center. Many local fans have been calling for this change. When he went in in the 2nd half against the Titans, the Colts run game got better (AQ is a better run blocker) and Luck was hit less. Linkenbach has come a long way, though he is still a career backup. So let’s be clear, there really isn’t a dropoff at center with Satele being out. Justice being out is what worries me more.

  11. andylucksneck says: Dec 14, 2012 6:26 PM

    andy luck will be knocked out for the year sunday, and possibly for his career

  12. chewyjr says: Dec 15, 2012 11:17 PM

    If anything andrew luck will be doing the knocking out.

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