Colts-Texans Wild Card Injury Report: Can Stud Colts Center Ryan Kelly Get Healthy?

Dec 31, 2018 03:35 PM EST
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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ryan Kelly and Andrew Luck

The Houston Texans opened as 2.5-point home favorites against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card Game. The Texans and Colts last met in Week 14, when Indianapolis snapped Houston’s nine-win streak with a 24-21 win on the road.

You can view daily practice participation along with estimated and official game statuses for all of these players on our Wild Card Round Injury Report.

Colts Injuries

  • C Ryan Kelly (neck)
  • S Clayton Geathers (knee)

Notable players on IR: LB Skai Moore (neck), DT Al Woods (foot), TE Jack Doyle (Kidney), LT J’Marcus Webb (hamstring), RT Joe Haeg (ankle), WR Deon Cain (knee)

The Colts could certainly use the services of their starting center ahead of Saturday’s matchup against the Texans. They were able to survive without Kelly during their Week 17 win over the Titans, but the offense wasn’t overwhelmingly successful during his early-season absence against the Dolphins (27 points), Jaguars (0) and Texans (24).

The return of Geathers would be a nice boost for the secondary and bad news for Deshaun Watson & Co.

Texans Injuries

  • CB Johnathan Joseph (neck)
  • WR Keke Coutee (hamstring)
  • DT Brandon Dunn (ankle)

Notable players on IR: CB Kayvon Webster (thigh), WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles), WR Will Fuller (knee), RT Seantrel Henderson (ankle), CB Kevin Johnson (concussion), LB Brennan Scarlett (leg), LB Dylan Cole (wrist)

Coutee has been day-to-day for most of the season due to his recurring hamstring issues. He’s a heightened candidate for limited snaps or re-aggravation even if he’s ultimately able to suit up this week.

The Texans defense hopes to have their starting corner and defensive tackle back, although the league’s No. 8 defense in overall DVOA has certainly proven capable of dominating without both in recent weeks.

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