INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts will be a beat-up football team as it prepares for Sunday's game at Kansas City.
Colts interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians confirmed that three starters -- center Samson Satele (ankle), strong safety Tom Zbikowski (knee) and inside linebacker Kavell Conner (hamstring) -- will miss a second straight game.
Running back Delone Carter (ankle), Indianapolis' goal line and short yardage specialist, will also be sidelined for a second consecutive week.
The availability of backup center A.Q. Shipley (knee) and right offensive tackle Winston Justice (biceps) remain up in the air.
Shipley was starting for Satele and played most of the Houston game before he was hurt late in the fourth quarter and was forced to the sidelines. Justice was injured a week earlier against Tennessee and did not play against the Texans.
"We'll get some scans and some [magnetic resonance imaging tests] and find out Wednesday more about who'll be available this week," Arians explained Monday.
Indianapolis goes into the Chiefs' game needing to secure a win in order to clinch one of the AFC's two wild-card playoff berths. It's just that simple.
The Colts, now with a 9-5 overall record, know that it's time to get on another winning streak with two games remaining in the regular season.
Each time Indianapolis has lost a game this season, the team has rebounded with a victory. Kansas City is 2-12 after a 15-0 loss to Oakland.
"I think the biggest thing is the veteran leadership. Those guys bounce back. They know how to get the young guys off the 24-hour rule and come right back in and start working," Arians said.
"We had really good meetings [Monday] and watched the tape [of Sunday's 29-17 loss to the Texans]. This one will be out of our mouth by [Monday] night and we'll get started on Kansas City."