Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano gave the media his injury report on Friday, and according to ESPN’s Mike Wells, cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle), cornerback Darius Butler (ankle), safety Clayton Geathers (foot) and defensive end Henry Anderson (knee) were all ruled out of the Colts’ season opener against the Detroit Lions.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano ruled Darius Butler (ankle), Vontae Davis (ankle), Clayton Geathers (foot) and Henry… https://t.co/j8rNufjKw3
— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) September 9, 2016
Earlier in the week, Colts owner Jim Irsay said starting left guard Jeff Mewhort would not play on Sunday. On Twitter Friday he said Mewhort’s recovery has moved faster than expected and he may be able to play.
Mewhort's a miraculously fast healer!! It wouldn't surprise me to see him strap it on and start Sunday!! Time will tell…
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) September 9, 2016
The Colts realized this offseason that if they want quarterback Andrew Luck to lead their team for the next decade an investment was going to have to be made in his protection. In the 2016 draft they selected four offensive linemen, and a healthy Mewhort will go a long way toward keeping Luck upright.
However, the defense will be hurting without three starters in the defensive backfield. Davis and Butler were were key contributors in the Colts’ upset of the Denver Broncos in the playoffs two seasons ago on their way to the AFC championship game.
The Colts are trying to put last season’s .500 record behind them as they try to win their third AFC South championship in four seasons.