Friday, December 2, 2011
I Know The Colts Are A Joke, Therefore I'm Saving Up All My Best Material For Sunday
Listen, I'm on the joke. I can't sit here and pretend that the Indianapolis Colts (0-11) are anything close to a threat to anyone in the NFL, let alone our New England Patriots (8-3).
Still, as far as I know, their game on Sunday at Gillette Stadium hasn't been called off although I wouldn't put it past Colts GM Bill Polian to pull a stunt like that.
Other than the time that it is going on, there is no reason to think or worry about this one. With that said, your dutiful blogger will run through all the injuries for both teams heading into the weekend's meeting in a formerly great rivalry.
Tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot) is out, the sixth game of the season that he'll miss. Rookie Nate Solder is expected to take his place.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) is doubtful.
Safety Patrick Chung (foot), center Dan Connolly (groin), wide receiver/defensive back Julian Edelman (back), linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb), linebacker Gary Guyton (shoulder), safety James Ihedigbo (shoulder), cornerback Devin McCourty (shoulder), cornerback Antwaun Molden (concussion), wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring), wide receiver Matthew Slater (shoulder), running back Shane Vereen (hamstring), offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (calf) and running back Danny Woodhead (abdomen) are all questionable.
Quarterback Peyton Manning (neck) and tight end Dallas Clark (fibula) are both out but you already knew that.
Running back Joseph Addai (hamstring), guard Ryan Diem (knee), tight end Brody Eldridge (hand), wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (groin), fullback Ryan Mahaffey (concussion), defensive tackle Drake Nevis (back), guard Joe Reitz (knee) and center Jeff Saturday (knee) are all questionable.
Also today, Solder was fined $7500 for a clipping play during win over the Eagles last Sunday. He did it in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Woodhead. He was penalized for striking an opponent from behind and below the waist.
I'll let you know any other breaking news before this glorified scrimmage/preseason game in December takes place.
UPDATE 12/3: Ian Rapoport from the Boston Herald and ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss both said today that practice squad guard/center Nick McDonald will be activated tomorrow with Wendell and Connolly's uncertain status.
Now the Boston Globe's Greg Bedard (currently my favorite Patriots reporter) is saying that Price has been waived to make room for McDonald. If this is true, Price can take the title of the Michael Bishop of Patriots wide receivers.
UPDATE 12/4: The Patriots inactives are Vollmer, Spikes, Ryan Mallett, Vereen, Connolly, Fletcher and Chung.