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Colts vs Texans NFL Week 14 Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Colts and Texans AFC South showdown:

Colts

TE Mo Alie-Cox
OT Le’Raven Clark
WR Dontrelle Inman
C Ryan Kelly
S Mike Mitchell
DT Hassan Ridgeway
RB Jonathan Williams

Texans

CB Deante Burton
WR Keke Coutee
RB D’Onta Foreman
OG Zach Fulton
DE Joel Heath
WR Vyncint Smith
DT Carlos Watkins

Colts Running Back Marlon Mack Cleared to Practice From Concussion in Sunday’s Win

The Colts got some great news on Thursday, as leading running back Marlon Mack was cleared to practice from his concussion, and took part in full in the teams’ practice ahead of this weekend’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Mack suffered the concussion in last week’s win over the Dolphins but had a solid day before that, putting up 85 yards on 15 carries before leaving the game.

Colts center Ryan Kelly remains out of practice with a knee injury. Kelly suffered the injury in Week 11, and he missed the Week 12 game.

Colts TE Jack Doyle Done for the Season After Undergoing Procedure

The Colts Monday placed tight end Jack Doyle on injured reserve according to Stephen Holder of The Athletic.

Doyle reportedly suffered a kidney injury in the team’s 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. He had to be hospitalized after the game and underwent a “procedure”.

Head coach Frank Reich did say Monday that Doyle’s prognosis is “good” to resume playing football in 2019. The injury locks in Eric Ebron as the team’s primary tight end for the rest of the season.

While Ebron has been a touchdown machine in his first season in Indy, the impact of losing Doyle is very real in football terms.

Doyle is a far superior blocker to Ebron and plays over 80% of the team’s offensive snaps, although he has missed several games this season due to injury.

With Ebron taking over the No. 1 tight end role, Mo Alie-Cox will move to No. 2. No. 3 tight end Erik Swoope hasn’t played since Week 7 due to a knee injury.

Colts Safety Malik Hooker to Miss Sunday’s Big AFC South Game Against Titans

Colts safety Malik Hooker is out for the team’s crucial Week 11 AFC South matchup against the Tennessee Titans according to Kevin Bowen of 1070TheFan.

Hooker is dealing with a knee injury and his absence comes at a particularly bad time as the Colts try to stay alive in the division race. In Hooker’s only missed game this season, Derek Carr completed 21-of-28 passes for 244 yards and three scores.

Marcus Mariota and the rest of the Tennessee offense has been heating up the past few weeks and the Colts defense needs all hands on deck. Originally the No.15-overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Ohio State, Hooker was off to a strong start in his rookie season before tearing his ACL in Week 7 and he has been equally effective this season with 31 tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery in eight games.

Running Back Le’Veon Bell Playing for the Colts in 2019? One AFC West Front Office Source Says ‘Yes’

Pittsburgh Steelers star Running Back Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to play this season after deciding to sit out when he and the team that drafted him could not make a deal.

With a year of rest underneath his belt, Bell won’t be in black and gold next season, but how about playing in Indy with the Colts?

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says that the dynamic back will probably be in New York next season, giving the Jets running back position the biggest upgrade it could possibly get (unless maybe they dealt for Rams running back Todd Gurley).

But, he also talks about some other teams in the mix for Bell’s services, and one of them could be the Colts, where he would give a HUGE upgrade to the offense.

Here’s the portion of the story about the Colts and Bell:

An AFC West front office source said the Colts were his front-runners because he thinks the team will want to give quarterback Andrew Luck another elite weapon.

So while it sounds like a long shot, how great would the Pack offense be with Bell running the football wearing blue and white next season?

Colts RB Robert Turbin Returns to the team After Suspension

Thursday the Colts brought back running back Robert Turbin, who was suspended the first four weeks of the season, to the team’s active roster, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports.

The Colts on Thursday also announced they have elevated cornerback Lenzy Pipkins and linebacker Skai Moore to the active roster from the practice squad.

In corresponding moves, the team waived defensive ends Tarell Basham and Al-Quadin Muhammad.

Adam Vinatieri Now the All-Time NFL Leader in Field Goals

Adam Vinatieri is now the all-time NFL leader in field goals made with 566.

The Colts kicker set the record on Sunday by connecting on a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter against the Houston Texans.

Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen had held the record, but the longtime Saints and Falcons kicker needed 38 more attempts (709) than Vinatieri (671) to reach 566.

The 45-year-old Vinatieri is in his 13th season with the Colts. He spent the first 10 years of his career with New England, where he made 263 of his field goals.

He’s been one of the most accurate kickers the league has ever seen. With the Patriots, he connected on 81.9 percent of his field-goal attempts. Vinatieri has been more accurate with the Colts, making 86.5 percent of his attempts entering Sunday’s game against the Texans.

Consistency from long distance has been a hallmark for the 45-year-old. Between 40 and 49 yards, he has made 158 field goals, and he has 40 field goals on 63 attempts from 50 yards or longer.

Andersen is the all-time points leader with 2,544. Vinatieri sits in second place with 2,511 points.

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