Indianapolis Colts: Team Should be Back to Full Strength Against Oakland Raiders Sunday

By Eric Smith
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis, IN- The Indianapolis Colts have dealt with some injuries to key players during the preseason. Newly acquired running back Ahmad Bradshaw missed the entire preseason as did tight end Dwayne Allen. The other main tight end, Coby Fleener, missed a lot of time during the preseason due to a concussion.

When the Colts take to the field Sunday in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium, they should be full strength.

Bradshaw, Allen, and Fleener all participated in practice Monday afternoon. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo as well as middle linebacker Kavell Conner are day to day, and head coach Chuck Pagano expects both to be back at practice by Thursday.

“We had a good portion pretty much out there today,” said Pagano. “Anthony Castonzo is supposed to be ready and rolling by Thursday. Should have him out there by Thursday and should make the game. Kavell (Conner) is better today than he was. He came in and we initially thought it might be a week or so, but he looked really good today. He didn’t practice but he’s day-to-day. (Coby) Fleener practiced. David Reed, he’s still going through the protocol with the concussion. He’ll be day-to-day and going through that process. I don’t know if there’s anybody else that I missed.”

It looks like Reed may be the only guy possibly not in action Sunday, but he’s just a kick returner for this squad. If he can’t go Pagano said Cassius Vaughn or Joe Lefeged may return kicks for the team.

“Well, Cassius (Vaughn) has done it and Joe (Lefeged) has done it for a long time so Joe Lefeged is a guy. We’re getting those guys plenty of work just in case that happens.”

Overall the Colts will be in good shape for Week 1. Their stars will be out there as depth shouldn’t be a concern as they should be fully healthy.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the last four years and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru.

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