The Indianapolis Colts received some encouraging news during Wednesday’s practice, as the offense finally looks fully healthy for the first time since the early weeks of the regular season.
Two key offensive lineman Jack Mewhort (tricep) and Joe Reitz (concussion) were full participants in practice on Wednesday, meaning both should be ready to go for Sunday.
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Oct 2, 2016; London, United Kingdom;Indianapolis Colts offensive guard Jack Mewhort (75) defends against Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) as Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) prepares to take the snap during game 15 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
While Mewhort figures to be immediately re-inserted at starting left guard, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Colts opt to start Reitz or rookie Joe Haeg at right tackle.
If I were a betting man, I’d lean towards the latter given that Reitz is still coming off a concussion, and Haeg has shown a great deal of promise despite the occasional rookie mistake.
Regardless, it’s the healthiest the Colts have been along the offensive line since the beginning of the season, even though starting right guard Denzelle Good missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness.
Oct 23, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs for a short gain before being stopped by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Patrick Robinson (25) in the second half at Nissan Stadium. The Colts won 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Meanwhile, 2nd-year defensive lineman Henry Anderson was a full participant in practice again, which would provide a much needed run-stopping boost for a defense that has to find a way to slow down DeMarco Murray and the Titans top rushing attack with the most rushing yards at 1,452 yards in the entire NFL on the season.
Otherwise, the Colts secondary is currently in a state of flux. Veteran safety Mike Adams (rest/groin) was able to participate on a limited basis Wednesday, while starting cornerback Patrick Robinson did not participate with a groin injury of his own–limited to rehabilitation work.
Both players figure to start for the Colts if healthy come Sunday.