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Indianapolis Colts Jack Doyle Jersey
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck might be playing the best football of his career.He’s still going to need help reaching the playoffs with mounting injuries threatening to derail the Indianapolis Colts‘ late postseason push.One week after starting center Ryan Kelly went down with a left knee injury and one day after coach Frank Reich announced tight end Jack Doyle would miss the rest of the season with an injured kidney Indianapolis Colts Margus Hunt Jersey , Luck and his teammates started preparing for the closing five-game stretch that will determine whether they end a three-year playoff drought.“We’ve done it before,” tight end Eric Ebron said Tuesday said when asked about the adjustments. “Everybody has to take on a heavier workload.”Doyle was injured late in the third quarter or early in the fourth, returned for two plays before leaving for good and then wound up in the hospital Sunday night for what Reich called a “procedure.”The team provided no immediate update on whether Doyle had been released from the hospital during Tuesday’s availability.The adaptations start with Ebron, the lone remaining healthy tight end among the five listed on last week’s depth chart. He’s already caught 11 touchdown passes this season, matching his previous four-year total and tying Dallas Clark’s single-season franchise record by a tight end and has played the way Detroit envisioned when it made Ebron a first-round draft pick in 2014.It’s unclear whether Mo Alie-Cox, Ryan Hewitt or Erik Swoope could return from injuries this week. All three were inactive last weekend, and Reich’s offense has benefited from creating mismatches among the tight ends.“We are hopeful and optimistic that some of those guys — one or two or all three of those guys — will be ready,” Reich said Monday. “They have been making good progress.”But the hits have come hard and fast for Indy (6-5), which has won five straight to jump back into the playoff conversation.Kelly missed last week’s game with a sprained medial collateral ligament and without him, the Colts allowed their first sack in six games. Luck went 249 consecutive drop-backs without being sacked, the longest streak of his pro career.Kelly’s status for this week is still to be determined though he said Tuesday he felt much better and was running on the treadmill.“It’s been progressing pretty well,” said Kelly Womens Margus Hunt 2019 Jersey , who was replaced in the lineup by midseason signee Evan Boehm. “The brace has helped.”Not enough?Running back Marlon Mack entered the concussion protocol during the fourth quarter Sunday, did not return and now his status also is in doubt this weekend.If he can’t go, the Colts will be down to their two rookies — Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins — and possibly Jonathan Williams, presuming nobody else is signed. Williams hasn’t played since Indy signed him to the practice squad Oct. 2. He was promoted to the active roster last week.One saving grace for Indy: Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard escaped a serious knee injury that briefly knocked him out of Sunday’s game after the first offensive play. Leonard returned and finished the game and continues to lead the NFL with 114 tackles despite missing one game in October.But losing Doyle may create the most damaging impact for Indy.He followed his first Pro Bowl selection with 26 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns in six games. The Colts went 1-4 when he missed five games earlier this season with a bad hip and they had won all four since his Week 8 return against Oakland.Doyle’s absence leaves a big hole on the field — and in the locker room.“It hurts,” Ebron said. “I’m more hurt because of the type of player he is and what he means to the team and to me. But we’ve done it before. We just have to adjust a few things.” The Colts just proved that patience pays in this year’s NFL free agency period by signing former Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston. The move also proved to Colts fans that Chris Ballard knows..."The Colts just proved that patience pays in this year’s NFL free agency period by signing former Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston. The move also proved to Colts fans that Chris Ballard knows what he’s doing.According to spotrac.com, the Colts had the most cap space in the NFL, sitting on some $77 million before the Houston signing. Aside from the addition of WR Devin Funchess out of Carolina, and Houston, the Colts have mostly stuck to in-house signings, including kicker Adam Vinatieri, right guard Mark Glowinski, defensive end Margus Hunt and cornerback Pierre Desir.Prior to today’s acquisition Cheap Margus Hunt Youth Jersey , there was significant criticism directed at Colts GM Chris Ballard; some Colts fans wondered why the team hadn’t made a lot of huge moves in free agency. Ballard is okay with this criticism, he knows the ropes.Now, more than ever, Colts nation needs to trust the process and trust Ballard’s wisdom when it comes to signing and drafting players. He proved his ability to put together an excellent group of players last season, drafting a handful of playmakers like guard Quenton Nelson, linebacker Darius Leonard and right tackle Braden Smith. The 2018 Colts draft class was one of the best in years.“We have very strict criteria of what we want to bring in,” Ballard said in a press conference in February. “They want to add talent with what we stand for.” The 2018 Colts team had a certain camaraderie that was very evident in the locker room. This is all thanks to the franchise Ballard has put together. The Colts thrived in 2018 under head coach Frank Reich, beginning the season at 1-5 and going on to win 10 of their last 11 games for a playoff spot and a clinching of the AFC South. This team, however, relied a lot on the rookie class that Ballard put together in the 2018 NFL Draft. These young players are just a testament to the intelligence of Ballard’s football mind. He isn’t going to bring in players that will shake up the locker room and stray from the values of the team. He has a strict standard that has really paid off.Ballard has said many times that his goal isn’t to bring in a bunch of big name players, but to improve internally and count on the talent coming out of the draft. The Colts have a few specific needs that can be targeted in the draft rather than spending millions of dollars on a one-year deal with a veteran.Houston appears to be an exception to that rule.The linebacker is a phenomenal addition to the pass rush that the Colts desperately needed. The bottom line is that fans need to let Ballard do his thing. He’s been very deliberate about the Colts’ moves and that won’t be changing. Many players’ contracts will expire after this season, including Eric Ebron Indianapolis Colts Jack Doyle Jersey , Anthony Castonzo, Jack Doyle, Jabaal Sheard, Adam Vinatieri, Joe Haeg, Kenny Moore and Funchess, to name a few. I can’t see Ballard spending every dime on a player simply because of the name on the their jersey. He wants to improve from within and develop what he already has. Sensibility will pay off in the end, and Ballard is already proving that.