Eagles-Colts Injury Report
Here is the injury report for Monday’s game in Indianapolis:
WR Josh Huff (shoulder), T Matt Tobin (ankle)
RB Chris Polk (hamstring), WR Brad Smith (groin), CB Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)
Huff said that his shoulder is at about 85 percent and that he is over a week away from practicing. Tobin is making progress, Kelly said, but he’ll be sidelined once again this week. Polk, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury since early in training camp, was listed as a full participant in practice all week. It sounds like he is close to returning.
The injury report doesn’t paint the whole picture. Evan Mathis (MCL) was placed on short-term IR this week. He is eligible to practice in six weeks and to return to play in eight weeks. Najee Goode (pec) and Allen Barbre (ankle) were lost for the season. Dennis Kelly and Andrew Gardner have been working with the first team at left guard and right tackle, respectively.
The Colts took a big hit on defense when they learned that Robert Mathis would miss the season with an Achilles injury.
“Yeah, it’s a tough loss, first and foremost,” Chip Kelly. “I think Robert had 19‑and‑a‑half sacks last year, but they also have some other players. [OLB Bjoern] Werner is in his second year. He was a first round draft pick for them at outside linebacker, and you’re starting to see his growth. You saw it in the preseason and obviously saw it in the first game. [OLB Erik] Walden, the other outside linebacker who played a lot with Mathis last year is a very productive player. So I think they were fortunate they had a first round draft pick for them that could slide in there and take that load off of their defense, because you did lose a guy who was extremely productive.”
Elsewhere on the injury front for Indy, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman did not practice on Thursday or Friday because of a hamstring injury. Same for defensive tackle Arthur Jones (shoulder) and guard Joe Reitz (ankle). Offensive lineman Khaled Holmes and nose tackle Josh Chapman were limited with ankle injuries.