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Colts QB Andrew Luck might need another surgery, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Luck is scheduled to resume throwing soon. How he feels then will determine whether he goes under the knife again in January. The procedure would address biceps tendinitis, which is what caused pain and discomfort when he resumed throwing earlier this year. Recovery from that surgery tends to take 3-6 months. Luck is reportedly "optimistic" that he'll avoid surgery after extensive treatment and rehab in Europe. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

The forecast for today's Colts-Bills game calls for temperatures in the low 30s, a 60% chance of snow and winds of 20-30 mph. The wind, in particular, is a concern for the passing and kicking games. We'd avoid Ks Stephen Hauschka and Adam Vinatieri. Downgrade WR T.Y. Hilton with the wind likely to impact deep passes. TE Jack Doyle should be fine in the short passing game. Hopefully you weren't planning to use anyone else in these passing attacks. RBs LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore should be busy.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief (ankle) is out for Sunday's game in Buffalo. He's topped 3 catches just twice all year and has been off the fantasy radar for a while. Moncrief's absence figures to mean some extra action for WRs Chester Rogers and Kamar Aiken, but neither guy can be trusted in fantasy lineups.

The Colts have ruled top CB Rashaan Melvin out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of a hand injury. He was deemed "week to week" earlier in the week.

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll start Sunday’s game against the Titans’ 21st-ranked QB defense, making him a viable Week 12 spot starter.

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (concussion) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He's on track to receive full clearance ahead of this weekend's game against the Titans. Brissett is a viable Week 12 spot starter in that plus matchup.

The Colts expect S Clayton Geathers to make his 2017 debut Sunday against the Titans, according to ESPN's Mike Wells. The team reportedly plans to have the former starter on a "pitch count" after a little more than a year off for a neck injury he suffered last year against Tennessee. But we wouldn't be surprised if Geathers works his way back toward starter-level snaps soon. HC Chuck Pagano said Geathers still "knows the defense inside and out" and that he has looked good in practice in recent weeks.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts QB Jacoby Brissett took the "lion's share" of 1st-team snaps in Monday's practice and that HC Chuck Pagano expects him to be ready to start Sunday against the Titans. Brissett must still complete the league concussion protocol to be eligible. We'll keep an eye on that progress this week. The team will have Tuesday off but return to the practice field Wednesday.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano said Monday that QB Jacoby Brissett remains in the concussion protocol. It's unclear how much progress he's made 8 days removed from the head injury. We'll keep a close eye on his status throughout this week. Brissett will be on the Week 12 spot-start radar if he's able to play against the Titans on Sunday.

The Colts said after the game that QB Jacoby Brissett had developed concussion symptoms after their loss to the Steelers and entered the league concussion protocol. They also said Brissett got checked twice during the game for a concussion and passed each time. Fortunately for him and the Colts, the team gets a Week 11 bye.

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Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. He was reportedly a game-time decision, so the groin is obviously a real concern. That, plus a matchup with the league’s #2 WR defense, makes Hilton no more than a low-end WR2 for Week 10.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) is a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Steelers. "But there is optimism he plays," Rapoport adds. Still, the fact that a final call won't be made until pregame warmups is a concern. Hilton presumably suffered the injury in Thursday's practice and then was limited on Friday. We'll find out his official status by noon ET.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Hilton will play today.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Steelers. He popped up on the injury report on Thursday but was able to put in a limited practice on Friday. We haven’t heard any real concern about his availability for this weekend. Hilton is a boom-or-bust WR2 vs. Pittsburgh’s 2nd-ranked WR defense.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a groin. It's unclear if this is a legitimate injury or just a rest day for the veteran. We'll know more by this time tomorrow.

Colts QB Andrew Luck has "additional issues" with his throwing shoulder, beyond the torn labrum that he had surgery on in January, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The belief is that the problems arose from Luck altering his throwing motion to compensate for the original injury. He's sought multiple opinions, but doctors still don't know exactly what's ailing him. No one has recommended another surgery, per Rapoport, but "it remains a possibility." Luck will spend the next few months rehabbing before any other decisions are made. The Colts believe he'll be ready for the start of the 2018 season -- but we can't consider that a lock based on how this has played out and everything we know now. Luck's dynasty stock has certainly taken a hit.

The Colts have placed QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) on IR, officially ending his 2017 season. The news doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention. Luck returned to practice in early October but was shut down a couple of weeks later after experiencing soreness in that throwing shoulder. He hasn't thrown since. At this point, we can't even be sure that he'll be ready for the start of the offseason program. Luck's health will again be 1 of the biggest NFL storylines this winter and spring. QB Jacoby Brissett will finish out this season as Indy's starter.

Colts QB Andrew Luck is "not close to returning to practice," according to the Indy Star's Stephen Holder. That's just practice. Luck is at least a couple of weeks beyond that from being ready to play in a game. He's still experiencing soreness in that throwing shoulder, per Holder, and is set to visit multiple specialists this week. At this point, we'd be surprised if Luck played this season. He's not worth hanging on to in redraft leagues.

Colts OLB John Simon left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars early with a shoulder stinger, and it sounds significant. HC Chuck Pagano told reporters Monday that Simon will "miss some time." That at least puts a key pass rusher and edge run defender out for this weekend's trip to Cincinnati.

Colts CB Rashaan Melvin left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars with a concussion. He's not a good bet to make it back for Sunday's game at Cincinnati, but we'll see how quickly he moves through the league protocol. CB Chris Milton replaced Melvin in the game and promptly allowed a 52-yard completion to Jaguars WR Keelan Cole.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano confirmed on Monday that QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) won't practice this week or play against the Bengals on Sunday. Luck figures to need another couple of weeks of practice once he gets back out there before he's ready for game action. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported over the weekend that Luck is unlikely to play before December. There's certainly a chance he doesn't play at all this season.

 
 
 

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