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INDIANAPOLIS – For a second straight week, the Colts have not ruled a starter out.

But they will have a key name to watch on the Sunday inactive list.

Starting safety Malik Hooker (hip), who has played the most snaps of any Colt defender in 2018, is questionable after missing the entire week of practice.

What were some other tidbits from Friday’s final practice of the week for the Colts?
 

  • Frank Reich ruled these players OUT on Friday: TE-Ryan Hewitt (ankle), CB-D.J. Killings (ankle) and TE-Erik Swoope (knee).
  • Swoope has now missed the last three games with a knee injury he suffered when scoring a touchdown against the Bills (Oct. 21). Hewitt (ankle), who did practice a bit this week, will now miss two games in a row coming out of the bye week. The Colts will once again use Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron and Mo Alie-Cox as their 3 available tight ends on Sunday.
  • Malik Hooker didn’t practice all week with a lingering hip injury. He will be a game-time decision and try to be one of the rare guys to sit out practice Wednesday-Friday, yet still play that Sunday. The second-year safety played every snap in this past Sunday’s win over the Jaguars. Hooker didn’t play against Oakland after missing practice all week due to his hip. In that game, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr completed 17 straight passes against the Colts and led 4 touchdown drives of at least 75 yards. Carr put up the highest quarterback rating against the Colts of any opposing QB this season. So, Hooker’s presence is definitely needed. If Hooker is out, the Colts will have to hope Mike Mitchell is healthy enough to go in Week 11. But Mitchell has practiced just twice, this Thursday and Friday, since leaving the Oakland game with a calf injury. Further down on the safety depth chart, veteran Corey Moore and undrafted rookie George Odum might be needed on Sunday. Clayton Geathers is expected to start again.
  • Quenton Nelson (back) didn’t practice Friday, his first missed session of the entire season. Nelson was the last Colts’ starter to have yet to appear on the injury report this season. Ryan Kelly joined him as a spectator at the final practice of the week. Both guys participated in the walk-through periods though, indicating they will give it a go on Sunday.
  • Speaking of Nelson, he actually has been fined by the NFL for his mauling block on Barry Church last week. Nelson was ‘leading with his helmet’ which has led to a $26,739 fine. The rookie is appealing the fine, on a play that he was not called for a penalty. Nelson said on Friday that he did not agree with the fine.
  • Rookie pass rusher Kemoko Turay (neck) practiced all week and should be back in action after missing the win over Jacksonville. Turay’s presence should aid a struggling pass rush. The Colts have just 4 sacks in the past 5 games.
  • After two days of practice for new practice cornerback Jalen Collins, Frank Reich had this to say about the 25-year-old corner. “He looked good, looked fresh,” Reich said. “I’m glad to have him here. I think it’s a great opportunity for him. I had a little discussion with him. I’m excited for his fresh, new opportunity to make the most of it.” Reich said the conversation with Collins wasn’t too deep. Collins has been suspended 4 times in his four-year NFL career.
  • At halftime on Sunday, Reggie Wayne will go into the team’s Ring of Honor. Frank Reich was actually Wayne’s position coach in 2011. Having been on the Indy staff when Wayne was playing, Reich had a couple of memories of No. 87: “I remember the catch against New England that won the game for us (2009, 4th-and-2 game). It was an amazing slant route that he ran,” Reich said of Wayne. “Probably what stands out most to me was his toughness. I don’t remember exactly what it was. He went 7 or 8 years without missing a practice. That’s amazing at any position, but especially at the wideout position. I just think that speaks to the kind of player and person that he is. I couldn’t think more highly of him.”
  • So the Colts practiced outdoors on Wednesday, even though the temperature was a balmy 33 degrees. Frank Reich wore shorts, clearing not fazed by the weather. Reich said practicing occasionally outside is something he will have his team do down the stretch, even though the Colts play indoors in 5 of their final 7 games, with other road games outside in Jacksonville and Nashville to end the year. Reich likes the grass field for his players and the overall feel of practicing in the cold. “I think it makes a difference,” Reich says of repping outside in the colder temps. “You get used to it, you figured it out and you gain confidence that (the cold) is not a big deal.” The Colts have cut practices by around 10 minutes in November and will shorten things up a little more for practices and meetings later in the season to try and keep guys fresh. The collective bargaining agreement only allows for 3 full-padded practices in the final 6 weeks of the season, which Reich said the Colts will spread out.

FINAL INJURY REPORT

 

-OUT: TE-Ryan Hewitt (ankle), CB-D.J. Killings (ankle), TE-Erik Swoope (knee)

 

-QUESTIONABLE: CB-Nate Hairston (ankle), S-Malik Hooker (hip)

 

-The following guys have been removed from the injury report after being on it earlier in the week: OT-Le’Raven Clark (personal), S-Clayton Geathers (knee), OL-Denzelle Good (personal), RB-Marlon Mack (personal), C-Ryan Kelly (knee), LB-Darius Leonard (hamstring), CB-Chris Milton (personal), Mike Mitchell (calf), LG-Quenton Nelson (back), DE-Kemoko Turay (neck), LB-Anthony Walker (neck).