Comb through all the carnage – the two torn ACLs, the three bad knees, the six concussions, the torn quad, the torn pec, the bruised hand, the bum ankle, the turf toe, the achy groin, the mangled left arm, the bad throwing shoulder, the other sore shoulder and, oh yeah, the fractured larynx – and you’ve got a battered roster that’s scraping to find healthy bodies for two weeks of meaningless football. Say this much for these Indianapolis Colts: Not only are they among the most incompetent teams in the NFL this year, they’re also among the most damaged. Historically so. It’s Week 16. The Colts, a dazzling 3-11, have already sent 16 players to the injured reserve list in 2017, tied for the most of the six-year Chuck Pagano era and good enough for fourth-most in the NFL this season. And that doesn't include Vontae Davis, the former Pro Bowl cornerback who was released midway through the year. Or Rashaan Melvin, who's been battling a hand injury for the last month. Or Donte Moncrief, who's been battling an ankle for several weeks. You get the idea. The 16 players on IR are 11 more than two division counterparts – the Titans and AFC South-leading Jaguars each only have five – and one less than the Texans, the NFL team very likely gashed most severely by injury this season.
Damaged Colts: Are they more injured than ever?
Indianapolis Star | Dec 22