We’re in a new era of transparency with the Indianapolis Colts.
We’ve been getting more injury updates – and more colorful quotes – from coach Chuck Pagano than we did at any point during Jim Caldwell’s three-year reign. Pagano routinely leads off every meeting with the media by running down significant injuries.
But there are limits to that transparency.
Like all we really know is Dwight Freeney has “an ankle.’’ A high sprain to his left ankle, maybe? “An ankle.’’
Pagano reiterated today Freeney is “day-to-day.’’ I don’t expect to see Freeney until Green Bay visits Oct. 7, maybe the week after.
Center Samson Satele also is “day-to-day’’ after injuring his left knee in Sunday’s win over Minnesota. A magnetic resonance imaging test was negative, which is positive news.
“Just got some bone bruising in there,’’ Pagano said. “Day-to-day. We anticipate him being available for (Sunday’s) game, but you never know.’’
Things also are trending in the right direction for receiver Austin Collie and right tackle Winston Justice. Collie has missed the first two games with a concussion while Justice missed the Vikings game with a concussion.
Each is expected to practice today, but the team’s medical staff will keep a close eye on them. Collie was on track to play against Minnesota before experiencing a setback after last Wednesday’s practice.
The situation with the offensive line bears watching.
Look for McGlynn to start at center against Jacksonville, unless Satele makes a strong late-week recovery. And I anticipate Justice returning to the starting at right tackle and Trai Essex getting the nod at right guard in place of McGlynn.
That, however, is subject to change.
However the offensive line shakes out, quarterback Andrew Luck will operate with confidence.
“You know, next man up,’’ he said. “If you have an opportunity to play, go out there and prove yourself. I trust all our guys.
“I think the coaches do a great job of making sure they’re ready to go. I think they’ve done a wonderful job so far this season stepping up when they need to.’’