The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

December 9, 2012

Colts fighting through injuries

INDIANAPOLIS — Injuries, which have been a continuing issue for the Indianapolis Colts this season, will keep three veteran off the field Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Safety Tom Zbikowski (knee) and running back Donald Brown (ankle) had already been ruled out of this week's AFC South clash with Tennessee (4-8). Offensive guard Joe Reitz (head) joined that group Friday.

Reitz had suffered from concussion-type symptoms since the first quarter of last week's game at Detroit. He did not return to play against the Lions and has not practiced this week. Veteran Seth Olsen, who had been on injured reserve, was activated on Wednesday and will start at left offensive guard.

"We’re not going to risk his health at this point in time. I think he’ll probably pass the [National Football League-mandated concussion protocol] test within a day or so. But we’re not going to risk that. Everyone else will be game-time decisions," interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians confirmed Friday.

Zbikowski and Brown also have not practiced this week. Offensive tackle Winston Justice, who also suffered from concussion-type symptoms in the Detroit game, missed Wednesday's workout but saw limited practice time Thursday and Friday.

Safety Antoine Bethea (neck), quarterback Andrew Luck (knee) and defensive end Cory Redding (ankle) all fully practiced Friday. Bethea had sat out Thursday's workout, as did outside linebackers Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. Mathis and Freeney were both given time off this week in order to rest their bodies in preparation for the Titans.

Justice is listed as questionable for the Tennessee game. Bethea, Luck and Redding are all probable.

If not Reggie? -- Arians was asked Friday where did he think the Colts would be this year had veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne not returned to the team. Wayne's contract had expired at the end of last season and he was re-signed in March.

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