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05 Nov 2019, 06:01 IST

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — First, Andrew Luck retired. Now, Jacoby Brissett is harm.

And all of the sudden the Indianapolis Colts may have Brian Hoyer and Chad Kelly to outlive the following couple of weeks.

Coach Frank Reich confirmed Monday that Brissett has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and mentioned the crew would wait till later this week to find out whether or not its beginning quarterback may play Sunday in opposition to Miami.

“I talked to Jacoby this morning. He was feeling fairly respectable. You recognize Jacoby, he was fairly optimistic,” Reich mentioned. “I feel in his thoughts he felt a little bit bit higher than he anticipated to really feel as we speak, however that is nonetheless a far cry from having the ability to play within the recreation.”

The Colts (5-3) desire defending gamers fairly than dashing them again.

They benched four-time Professional Bowler T.Y. Hilton for the second half in Week Three after he aggravated an injured quad. They held him out the following week and once more Sunday when he injured his calf in apply. Additionally they deferred to Luck for greater than a yr as he recovered from {a partially} torn labrum.

However there’s one more reason for Reich’s persistence: He believes within the Colts’ depth.

When Luck abruptly stepped away in August, Brissett responded by main the Colts to 5 wins of their first seven video games to place Indy atop the AFC South.

When Brissett left within the first half in Pittsburgh, Hoyer, a longtime backup with 37 profession begins, threw a landing cross on his first try and rebounded from a expensive interception by shifting the Colts into place for a go-ahead subject aim with 1:11 left.

“I assumed he did a terrific job, particularly with the restricted reps he is had,” mentioned Brissett, who bought harm when left guard Quenton Nelson fell into his leg through the 26-24 loss. “He performed nice, he made throws I knew I would not make. That is what makes him particular. I am glad he is on our crew.”

As Reich waits to see if Brissett can apply this week, a lot much less play in opposition to the Dolphins, the coach stays assured the Colts can win — no matter who’s behind middle.

“He has performed lots of soccer. He’s actually a sensible participant. He has actually assimilated effectively to the offense,” Reich mentioned of Hoyer. “Most of these performs he actually hasn’t repped as a result of he wasn’t right here for coaching camp. Jacoby takes all of the reps and that is just about the usual protocol for all groups. So you have to get good psychological reps and he is a professional. He does a superb job at that and he is a proficient soccer participant.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Scoring protection. Since coming back from their Week 6 bye, the Colts have allowed 4 touchdowns in three video games and 20.zero factors per recreation and have held all three opponents to 24 or fewer factors.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Move safety. After permitting a league-low 18 sacks final yr and pitching back-to-back shutouts in Weeks four and 5, Indy now has allowed 9 sacks within the final two video games.

STOCK UP

WR Zach Pascal. The undrafted free agent was launched thrice in 13 months however has discovered a house in Indianapolis after being claimed off waivers in June 2018. He had extra targets than some other Colts receiver Sunday and now has 11 receptions, 188 yards and three TDs within the final three video games. The coaches additionally like his blocking expertise

STOCK DOWN

Adam Vinatieri. Lengthy dubbed finest clutch kicker in league historical past, Vinatieri has missed 5 further factors and 5 subject objectives this season, together with the shanked 43-yarder that might have given Indy the late lead in Pittsburgh.

INJURED

Along with Brissett, WR Parris Campbell fractured his hand within the recreation. Campbell had surgical procedure Monday and it is unclear how a lot time he’ll miss.

KEY NUMBER

17 — The Colts satisfaction themselves on being among the many least penalized groups within the league. However they’ve dedicated 17 over the previous two weeks, together with an pointless roughness name in opposition to All-Professional LB Darius Leonard on what ought to have been the ultimate play of the primary half. As an alternative, it moved the Steelers into place for Chris Boswell’s 51-yard subject aim.

NEXT STEPS

It is cleanup time once more. Indy gave away essential factors on Hoyer’s pick-six after the Colts moved into the purple zone and once more on each pointless roughness calls — all earlier than Vinatieri’s miss.