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The Indianapolis Colts received a shocking setback when it was revealed earlier in the week that first-year head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Pagano will be hospitalized for six to eight weeks to undergo treatment, leaving interim coach Bruce Arians to guide the Colts into what promises to be an emotional matchup with the visiting Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Colts owner Jim Irsay says the goal for the team is to present Pagano with a victory game ball following Sunday's game. That will hardly be an easy task against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who are coming off their best offensive performance in last week's 28-27 win over New Orleans.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Packers -7, O/U 47.5

ABOUT THE PACKERS (2-2): After opening the season against three of the league's top five defenses in terms of points allowed, Green Bay found an opponent more to its liking in the Saints - although it took a late missed field goal to secure the victory. Rodgers threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns - both season highs - and Cedric Benson provided balance to the attack by rushing for a season-best 84 yards on 18 carries. Defense was another story as the Packers surrendered 446 yards passing to Drew Brees. Green Bay is expected to be without wideout Greg Jennings, who aggravated a groin injury in last week's contest.

ABOUT THE COLTS (1-2): Indianapolis had a bye week to help erase the memory of letting what appeared to be a sure victory slip away against Jacksonville in Week 3. After taking the lead on Adam Vinatieri's field goal with just under a minute to play, the Colts were burned for an 80-yard touchdown pass 11 seconds later. Rookie Andrew Luck had a season-high 313 yards and tossed two scoring passes, but he completed fewer than half his passes as Indianapolis failed to protect a 14-3 halftime lead. Wide receiver Austin Collie suffered a knee injury that will require season-ending surgery.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Rodgers had a season-high 119.9 passer rating vs. New Orleans to improve to 23-0 when his rating is 115 or higher.

2. Colts WR Reggie Wayne (12,002) needs 60 receiving yards to pass Derrick Mason for 19th on the career list.

3. Packers C Jeff Saturday will return to the city where he played his first 13 NFL seasons.

PREDICTION: Packers 30, Colts 19

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Last Injuries

Indianapolis Colts

  • Michael Pittman Jr.

    Calf
    Early 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.

  • Rock Ya-Sin

    Illness
    Ques 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.

  • Dezmon Patmon

    Knee
    Ques 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.

  • Nyheim Hines

    Shoulder
    Ques 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.

  • Matthew Adams

    Ankle
    Out 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.

  • Jack Doyle

    Ankle
    Prob 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.

  • Xavier Rhodes

    Leg
    Prob Sun | probable

    Rhodes was lifted from the last game due to a leg injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Jets.

  • DeForest Buckner

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Buckner is managing a back injury, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Jets on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers

  • Randy Ramsey

    Groin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Ramsey has been unavailable for the past three games due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Monday versus the Falcons.

  • Christian Kirksey

    Shoulder
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Kirksey left the previous game due to a right shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will be a participant in Monday's contest versus the Falcons.

  • Rashan Gary

    Ankle
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Gary injured his ankle in the last game, and it is uncertain if he will play Monday against the Falcons.

  • Josiah Deguara

    Shin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Deguara has sat out the previous two games with injuries to his shin and ankle. It is uncertain if he will return Monday against the Falcons.

  • Kenny Clark

    Groin
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Clark has missed the last two games with a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Falcons on Monday.

  • Davante Adams

    Hamstring
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Adams was held out of the previous game with a hamstring injury, and his status for Monday's matchup versus the Falcons is hazy.

  • Elgton Jenkins

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jenkins is managing injuries to his back and ribs, and his status for Sunday's game against the Saints remains unclear.

  • Montravius Adams

    Toe
    Prob Sun | probable

    Adams has a toe injury, but he is projected to play against the Saints on Sunday.