The Colts will be down two cornerbacks against the Lions this weekend.
They’ve known for some time that Vontae Davis would miss the opener because of an ankle injury and he’ll be joined on the sideline by Darius Butler, who is dealing with an ankle injury of his own. That leaves the team with the newly acquired Antonio Cromartie to start across from Patrick Robinson while fellow new arrivals Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris round out the cornerback group for Week One.
That could lead to some advantageous matchups for the Lions as they play their first regular season game since wide receiver Calvin Johnson announced his retirement earlier this year.
Defensive end Henry Anderson has been a limited participant in practice this week, but his return from a torn ACL will have to wait another week. They will have Kendall Langford up front a month after his own knee surgery and guard Jack Mewhort is also absent from the injury report a couple of weeks after suffering a knee injury that was initially thought to be far more serious.