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The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players For the Indianapolis Colts in 2014

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The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players for the Indianapolis Colts in 2014

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The Indianapolis Colts are the reigning AFC South Champions. But their team had a few holes due to injuries last season, and those injuries caught up to them in the playoffs against the New England Patriots. These five players are key to the Colts' success, not only in the regular season, but if they want to advance deeper into the playoffs.

5. Vontae Davis

Vontae Davis
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5. Vontae Davis

Vontae Davis
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The Colts signed Vontae Davis to a four-year, $ 39 million contract in free agency. The cornerback received $ 20 million guaranteed from the Colts to shore up the secondary and take on other teams’ best wide receivers. Davis has the pressure of living up to his newly signed contract playing next the often-injured Greg Toler, who is recovering from sports hernia surgery he had in the offseason.

4. Dwayne Allen

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4. Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen
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Colts tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a hip injury in the opener and was lost for the season. Coby Fleener filled in adequately for Allen but just wasn’t the same player. Allen has the ability to block and catch passes off the line or in the slot. With Allen back, it should take the pressure off of Trent Richardson and the unimpressive run game, opening up the offense even more for quarterback Andrew Luck.

3. Robert Mathis

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3. Robert Mathis

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The Indianapolis Colts will already be without Robert Mathis for the first four games of the season after his suspension. If he misses any more time, the Colts would be in serious trouble in the pass rushing department. It is hard to replace 19 sacks with multiple players, let alone just one.

2. LaRon Landry

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2. LaRon Landry

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The dynamic free safety played well for the Colts when he was on the field last season. The problem is he missed four games during the year due to injury. He still racked up 87 tackles last season, but when he was out the Colts’ run defense suffered mightily. If the Colts are going to have any success this year in run defense they are going to need Landry to be on the field. The Colts are very thin at safety and can’t afford another injury.

1. Andrew Luck

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1. Andrew Luck

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Quarterback Andrew Luck is the most important player to the Colts. The entire offense revolves around Luck, one of the best young QBs in the game. Luck could very well be all five of the most irreplaceable players for the Colts. If the Colts want to continue being atop of the AFC South, Luck needs to stay healthy. He is going to need help from his offensive line. The Colts can’t keep letting their franchise QB take the big hits like last season.

Lucas Davis is a Houston Astros writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LDinthe260, Like him on Facebook or add him to your Google network.