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INDIANAPOLIS – For a second straight week, the Colts have not had T.Y. Hilton for their first two practices of the week.
Two starters have missed the first two days of practice this week for the Colts (7-6), as they get ready to take on the streaking Dallas Cowboys (8-5) this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here are some tidbits from the Colts practicing on Thursday:
- Starting right guard Mark Glowinski (ankle) was not practicing again on Thursday after he didn’t finish last Sunday’s win over the Texans. Glowinski was wearing a small brace around his right foot/ankle in not participating. If Glowinski is out for this weekend, do not be surprised if the Colts turn to Joe Haeg at right guard. Haeg has 8 career starts at right guard. Josh Andrews was the one who filled in for Glowinski in closing out the Texans.
- Thursday was Ryan Kelly’s second straight day of practice. If Kelly practices again on Friday, he should be good to go in bracing it up for Sunday’s contest with the Cowboys.
- T.Y. Hilton (ankle) was again on the sideline for Thursday’s session. Hilton got banged up on his 60-yard reception against the Texans and played 54-of-67 snaps. Hilton has battled hamstring, shoulder and ankle injuries this season. Last week, Hilton missed both Wednesday and Thursday practices, so his absence isn’t the most alarming thing. But it’s a new injury, so that bears monitoring going into Friday’s final practice of the week.
- We’ve now seen two straight days of work for Mo Alie-Cox (calf) in his return this week. That’s key for a player who the Colts really want to use as an in-line blocker, yet still have the ability to impact the passing game. Basically, think of Alie-Cox as more of a mix between Eric Ebron and Ryan Hewitt—the team’s two other tight ends on the 53-man roster.
- Thursday is the end to Pro Bowl voting for fans. Here are my thoughts on how many Pro Bowlers the Colts could get in 2018, with the teams being announced next week.
- Since Week 7, no team in the NFL has allowed fewer points than the Colts. In giving up just 17.1 points per game in this stretch, the Colts have won 6 of 7 games.
- It looks like Indianapolis native, and Cowboys All-Pro right guard, Zack Martin (knee) could very well miss his first NFL game this weekend. Martin has played in 77 straight games. That’s a huge loss for a Dallas offensive line that has really struggled this year in protecting the quarterback.
- Remember how much Frank Reich was gushing about this Zach Pascal TD from Sunday? Well, Peyton Manning chimed in on the play in his latest ESPN Films breakdown. Here is the snippet of Manning breaking down Andrew Luck’s touchdown to Pascal.
THURSDAY’S INJURY REPORT
DNP: OG-Mark Glowinski (shoulder), WR-T.Y. Hilton (ankle), S-Mike Mitchell (calf)
–Bowen’s Analysis: Mitchell has battled a calf injury ever since the Oakland game and has now missed the first two days of work this week.
LIMITED: TE-Mo Alie-Cox (calf), S-Clayton Geathers (knee), S-Malik Hooker (hip), DL-Margus Hunt (knee), C-Ryan Kelly (knee), LB-Skai Moore (neck)
–Bowen’s Analysis: Geathers progressed from a DNP on Wednesday, to practicing on Thursday.
FULL: WR-Dontrelle Inman (shoulder)
–Bowen’s Analysis: Inman has now practiced each of the first two days this week.
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