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Amari Rodgers
Amari Rodgers Elevated to active roster
Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 1:20 PM
The Colts elevated Rodgers to the active roster ahead of Sunday's game against the Rams, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Rodgers' elevation is his first of the season. He projects to provide depth at receiver, while also chipping in on special teams. It will be his first time suiting up since last season's stint with the Texans.
Sam Ehlinger
Sam Ehlinger Questionable with shoulder injury
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 3:19 PM
Ehlinger is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams with a right shoulder injury.
Analysis: Ehlinger was a limited practice participant Thursday and didn't practice Friday, suggesting that he suffered the injury during the week. If available, Ehlinger would be called upon Sunday only if both Anthony Richardson and Gardner Minshew get injured. Richardson has been cleared to start after missing the Colts' Week 3 win over the Ravens while recovering from a concussion.
Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor Ramping up, eyeing Week 5 return
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 12:46 PM
Taylor (ankle) has increased the intensity of his workouts and appears to be ready to return from the PUP list when first eligible Week 5, Stephen Holder of reports.
Analysis: Taylor was placed on the PUP list prior to the start of the season while he continued to rehab his surgically repaired right ankle, but the running back might have opened the campaign on the 53-man roster had he not put in a request for a trade upon reporting to camp. The Colts ultimately granted Taylor permission to seek out a trade a couple weeks after he submitted his request, but the offers Indianapolis received from inquiring teams apparently weren't satisfactory. Now that Taylor is a month removed from landing on the PUP list, it's unclear where his relationship stands with the Colts, but the 24-year-old looks as though he could be ready to play Week 5, whether it's with Indianapolis or another team. That being said, if Taylor is unwilling to rejoin the Colts at the start of the upcoming week or if the Colts elect to delay his activation from the PUP list while re-engaging in trade talks, it's possible his 2023 debut comes at a later date.
Gardner Minshew
Gardner Minshew Returning to backup duties
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 12:36 PM
Minshew will return to the No. 2 quarterback role for Sunday's game against the Rams with Anthony Richardson (concussion) having been cleared to start the Week 4 contest, JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site reports.
Analysis: Minshew performed admirably in his two games (one start) of action after Richardson sustained the concussion in the Colts' Week 2 win over the Texans. The 27-year-old completed 46 of 67 pass attempts for 398 yards and two touchdowns, preserving the win over Houston and then guiding the Colts to an overtime win over the Ravens in Week 3. Minshew remains one of the best backups in the NFL.
Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson Good to go Sunday
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 12:18 PM
Coach Shane Steichen relayed Friday that Richardson has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and will start Sunday's game against the Rams, JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site reports.
Analysis: Richardson has been practicing fully this week, and now that the QB has gained medical clearance, he'll return to action after missing his team's Week 3 win over the Ravens. As a result, Gardner Minshew will return to backup duties, while the No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft will look to lead to the 2-1 Colts to a third straight victory this weekend.
Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson Practices fully again
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:57 PM
Richardson (concussion) was a full practice participant Thursday.
Analysis: Richardson has turned in two full practices in a row, which has him trending toward returning to action Sunday against the Rams, barring any setbacks. The Colts will release their final Week 4 injury report Friday, when it will be known whether Richardson will enter Sunday's contest without a designation. Though Richardson hasn't missed out on any reps in practice this week, the Colts haven't yet confirmed that he's cleared the five-step concussion protocol.
Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson Logs full practice
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 2:52 PM
Richardson (concussion) was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: Richardson didn't practice last week before being ruled out for Week 3 action, but the QB's return to a full session Wednesday has him trending toward being available Sunday against the Rams. Such an outcome will be solidified once Richardson officially clears the NFL's concussion protocol.
Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson Set to practice Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 10:32 AM
Head coach Shane Steichen said that while Richardson is still in the concussion protocol, the quarterback is slated to practice Wednesday, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Per Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star, Richardson is line to take first-team reps Wednesday, which is a positive indicator with regard to his chances of playing Sunday against the Rams, barring any setbacks. The Colts will release their first official Week 4 practice report later Wednesday, when the extent of Richardson's participation will be known.
Kylen Granson
Kylen Granson Two receptions in win
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 2:03 PM
Granson had two receptions for nine yards on four targets in Sunday's win at Baltimore.
Analysis: Granson looks like the top receiver among the Indy tight ends as he had more targets and receptions and went out on more routes than Mo Alie-Cox and Andrew Ogletree. However, none of the tight ends figure prominently in the passing game.
Isaiah McKenzie
Isaiah McKenzie Makes impact on punt returns
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 1:52 PM
McKenzie had one reception for three yards on his only target. He also returned two punts for 16 and 32 yards.
Analysis: McKenzie played just nine snaps on offense, a slight increase from two snaps Week 2. He has a limited role as the Colts' fourth receiver but made an impact as a punt returner.
Trey Sermon
Trey Sermon Five carries in backup role
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 1:22 PM
Sermon had five carries for 17 yards and one reception on two targets in Sunday's win at Baltimore.
Analysis: Sermon was the surprise backup to starter Zack Moss as Deon Jackson was waived Saturday and Jake Funk was limited to just five snaps on special teams. Sermon played 18 snaps on offense. It looks like Sermon again will serve as the backup Week 4 against the Rams and then would move back to a smaller role if Jonathan Taylor (ankle) comes of the reserve/PUP list for Week 5.
Alec Pierce
Alec Pierce Racks up 43 yards
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 9:53 PM
Pierce recorded three receptions on seven targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 22-19 overtime win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Pierce had his best game of the season in terms of both involvement and production with Gardner Minshew under center. His biggest contribution came early in the second quarter on a jump ball over the middle of the field for a 23-yard gain to jumpstart a drive that ended in a touchdown. Pierce has remained on the field for nearly 100 percent of the team's offensive snaps, though both Michael Pittman and rookie Josh Downs have bested him in terms of production.
Josh Downs
Josh Downs Sees uptick in role
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 9:35 PM
Downs recorded eight receptions on 12 targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 22-19 overtime win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Downs doubled his target total on the season with his performance Sunday, as he displayed rapport with backup quarterback Gardner Minshew. Volume was the most notable part of his performance, however, as his longest catch went for only 12 yards. Downs has made his mark in the short areas of the field in the first three games of his career, as he's tallied 15 receptions on 24 targets but totaled only 124 yards.
Gardner Minshew
Gardner Minshew Leads Colts to OT win
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 9:27 PM
Minshew completed 27 of 44 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 22-19 overtime win against the Ravens.
Analysis: Minshew drew a spot start with Anthony Richardson (concussion) sidelined. He had an unremarkable 5.2 yards per attempt to post a mediocre stat line, but he was effective for the Colts as he kept the team in the game and didn't turn the ball over. It's likely that Richardson will pass through concussion protocol ahead of a Week 4 matchup against the Rams, meaning Minshew would shift back to the bench.
Michael Pittman
Michael Pittman Sees 11 more targets
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 7:01 PM
Pittman recorded nine catches on 11 targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 22-19 overtime win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Pittman led the team in receptions and yards while also drawing double-digit targets for the third consecutive game to begin the season. His stat line was modest given the volume, though he still accounted for long gains of 34 and 13 yards. As his stat lines have indicated to this point, Pittman doesn't have the highest upside, but he has a locked-in role in the Colts' offense and is particularly trustworthy in PPR-scoring formats.
Zack Moss
Zack Moss Keeps rolling in tough matchup
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 6:54 PM
Moss rushed the ball 30 times for 122 yards in Sunday's 22-19 overtime loss to the Ravens. He added two receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: Moss maintained the clear lead role in the Colts backfield, accounting for 30 of the team's 35 rushing attempts. He was surprisingly efficient against a tough run defense, ripping off a pair of 24-yard runs and two more rushes of more than 10 yards. Moss supplemented that production with a 17-yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter, and he's seen a combined seven targets in his two games as a Colt. Assuming Jonathan Taylor (ankle) is still with the team and can return in Week 5, Moss' production will likely be short-lived, but he's a safe bet for more volume in Week 4 against the Rams.
Will Mallory
Will Mallory Inactive Sunday
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 11:06 AM
Mallory is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Ravens.
Analysis: Mallory is a healthy scratch for Week 3 with Andrew Ogletree returning from concussion protocols. Mallory played 11 offensive snaps in Week 2 against the Texans when he caught two passes for 49 yards.
Juwann Winfree
Juwann Winfree Brought up to active roster again
Sat, Sep 23, 2023, 2:05 PM
Winfree was elevated to the Colts' active roster Saturday.
Analysis: This is the third time Winfree has been promoted to the roster. This is the last time the Colts can elevate Winfree from the practice squad and will have to add him to the 53-man roster if they wish for him to be active on game day past Week 3. The 2019 sixth-round pick has played 11 snaps over two games, splitting time on offense and special teams.
Trey Sermon
Trey Sermon Gets promoted
Sat, Sep 23, 2023, 10:01 AM
Sermon was signed off Indianapolis' practice squad to the active roster ahead of Sunday's game at Baltimore, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Colts waived Deon Jackson in a corresponding move. Sermon will likely serve as the No. 3 running back on the depth chart behind starter Zack Moss and backup Jake Funk. Sermon may not play any snaps on offense and will likely be used as insurance instead. Sermon may also not be on the active roster long if Jonathan Taylor (ankle) returns from the reserve/PUP list Week 5.
Deon Jackson
Deon Jackson Cut by Indianapolis
Sat, Sep 23, 2023, 9:56 AM
Jackson was waived by the Colts on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Trey Sermon will be signed from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Jackson drew the start in a Week 1 loss against the Jaguars. He turned in a disastrous showing in the featured role, carrying 13 times for 14 yards and reeling in five of six targets for just 14 yards while also losing two fumbles. He didn't play a snap on offense in Week 2 with the return of Zack Moss from a broken arm. It's not clear if the Colts will try to sign Jackson to the practice squad. Jake Funk looks like the primary backup to Moss this week as a result.


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