Colts Receive Troubling Injury Updates On Two Key Defenders

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The Indianapolis Colts picked up a huge victory in Week 10 on the road over the Las Vegas Raiders. It was the first game with Jeff Saturday leading the way as the interim head coach as the team snapped a three-game losing streak, pushing their record to 4-5-1 on the season.

They face another tall task on Sunday afternoon when they host the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia is coming into the game pissed off as they lost their undefeated record against the Washington Commanders on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 10, so they will be looking to take their frustrations out on the Eagles.

Unfortunately for the Colts, they could be very short-handed in the game as their injury report was not an encouraging one to start the week. It was already announced that Shaquille Leonard will have to undergo another procedure on his back, as he was placed on IR, but other players could join him sidelined this weekend.

The Colts’ defensive line is decimated by injuries currently. DeForest Buckner and Kwity Paye both did not practice on Wednesday. Buckner is dealing with a neck injury while Paye was listed out with an ankle injury.

This isn’t the first time that Buckner has landed on the injury report as he was dealing with a thumb injury last week. He still ended up playing 60 snaps against the Raiders but did not come out of the game unscathed. Paye was questionable heading into that game and re-aggravated his injury after playing only 18 snaps.

Missing them would be a huge blow to a Colts’ defense that has done a solid job this season. They have kept the team afloat with the offense sputtering. Buckner leads the team with 5.5 sacks while Paye is third with 4.0. The player in second, Yannick Ngakoue, was a limited participant in practice with a back ailment.

The secondary was also without Kenny Moore on Wednesday as he was absent because of an illness. Hopefully, all of those players can get healthy enough to get on the field Sunday as the Colts are going to need all hands on deck to stop the explosive Eagles’ offense that will be looking to clean things up after a sloppy performance against the Commanders.

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