The Indianapolis Colts have hit a bit of a rough patch on their way to an AFC South title and will try to avoid a three-game slide when they host the division-rival Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Colts fell one game behind the Houston Texans in the division with last week's loss to the lowly Miami Dolphins but expect to get quarterback Jacoby Brissett back from a sprained MCL against the Jaguars.
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Brissett was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and will be back under center barring a setback, but the team still felt it should have won last week despite backup quarterback Brian Hoyer's three interceptions. "You can't explain it," tight end Eric Ebron told reporters after the 16-12 Miami loss. "You have to beat the teams you are supposed to beat, and you have to beat the teams that people say you can beat. At least, that's how you stay relevant in this league. We didn't beat a team that we were supposed to beat." The Jaguars are getting a quarterback back from injury as well with Nick Foles (collarbone) expected to make his return on Sunday after sitting out the last eight games. "To be back in a situation where we have an opportunity to make a run, that's all we can ever ask," Foles told reporters. "I'm grateful and happy to be back with those guys."
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Colts -3 O/U: 43.5
ABOUT THE JAGUARS (4-5): Jacksonville comes off its bye week in last place in the AFC South but with plenty of opportunity to turn things around with Foles back and two games against Indianapolis and another against Tennessee down the stretch. "I look at every (game as "must win)" - for me, you go into it like that," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone told reporters. "I try to address it to the team as, 'You've got to ignore all the stuff on the outside because this league is crazy; you never know what's going to happen.' You only have 16 opportunities. You go in there and give everything you can for each one." Foles will have a mostly healthy roster to work with as wide receiver Dede Westbrook (neck), cornerback D.J. Hayden (neck) and linebacker Quincy Williams (hamstring) all returned to practice after sitting out the 26-3 loss to Houston prior to the bye.
ABOUT THE COLTS (5-4): Veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a chance at a game-winning field goal in a 26-24 loss at Pittsburgh in Week 9 and missed a key extra point attempt against Miami, prompting the team to bring in kickers for tryouts this week. "As far as Adam is concerned, Adam is our kicker," Indianapolis coach Frank Reich told reporters. "He's not just our kicker, he's a leader on our team, he's a captain, his presence is important. We feel we need him going forward and have the utmost confidence in him." The Colts decided to stick with Vinatieri, who is 14-of-19 on field goals and 14-of-20 on extra-point attempts this season.
1. Colts WRs Parris Campbell (hand) and T.Y Hilton (calf) and TE Jack Doyle (shoulder) are all questionable.
2. Jaguars OLs Bandon Linder (shoulder) and Cam Robinson (knee) both found their way onto the injury report this week and are questionable.
3. Jacksonville took three of the last four in the series, with the lone loss coming at Indianapolis 29-26 last season.
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Key Players to Watch
- CalfEarly Nov | out
Pittman Jr. had surgery to repair compartment leg syndrome in his calf and is likely to be out of action until at least Week 8 against the Lions.
- IllnessQues Sun | questionable
Ya-Sin has been absent from the last two games due to an illness, and it is unknown if the symptoms will subside in time for Sunday's tilt against the Bears.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Patmon has sat the past three games with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Bears.
- ShoulderQues Sun | questionable
Hines is managing a shoulder injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field against the Bears on Sunday.
- AnkleOut indefinitely | I-R
Adams has been ticketed for the injured reserve list due to an ankle injury, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
Doyle missed the last game with injuries to his ankle and knee. It is projected that he will be active Sunday against the Jets.
- LegProb Sun | probable
Rhodes was lifted from the last game due to a leg injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Jets.
- BackQues Sun | questionable
Buckner is managing a back injury, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Jets on Sunday.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Jacobs has wound up on the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.
- GroinQues Sun | questionable
Wingard left the last game due to a minor groin strain, and it is uncertain if he will play Sunday versus the Bengals.
- GroinI-R | I-R
Wright has reverted to the injured reserve list after clearing waivers with a groin injury.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Linder missed the last game due to a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Sunday against the Bengals.
- ChestProb Sun | probable
Chark Jr. sat out the previous game with chest and back injuries. It is likely that he will be available against the Bengals on Sunday.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Hauschka is bothered by a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Bengals on Sunday.
- Groinday-to-day | questionable
Wright was removed from the last game with a groin injury, and his status for Week 4 versus the Bengals s in question.
- HipOut indefinitely | I-R
Lambo has been designated with a left hip injury, and it has yet to be established when the team will take him off of the IR.