Raiders vs Colts Preview: Players to watch for, Injury Update, and more.

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The Oakland Raiders have a trip to Indianapolis to face the Colts on Sunday. This will be the first time people will see the “no coast” offense in full force and will see if the Colts will be a heavy power-run offense as how Pep Hamilton stated in the offseason. Also the Oakland Raiders have a unique but not common situation as it seems that the QB competition is wide open. The head coach of the Oakland Raiders has not named the QB that will start the game but many of the Oakland Raiders media had stated that QB Terrell Pryor will start the game. Also this will be a chance for the Colts to go against the read-option if the Raiders have implemented the read-option if Pryor would ever start.

Question marks for the Colts:

Consistent pass rush – A weakness for the Colts last year was to consistently get to the quarterback. With one year of the 3-4 defense under their belt, expectations from the coaching staff is for the defense to be better as a whole including pass rush. With a weak Raiders’ offensive line, the Colts defense must dominate and get to the quarterback early to shake the confidence of Raiders starting QB Matt Flynn or Terrelle Pryor.

Offensive Line – During the preseason the Colts offensive line has not shown the improvement you would expect especially the money the Colts used to upgrade the line. However on Sunday should be a good game because the whole O-line should be healthy unless LT Anthony Castonzo has a setback which is unlikely. Let’s see if the Colts O-line can protect Luck much better than what they have done in the preseason.

Players to watch for:

Ahmad Bradshaw – Now this isn’t a question in terms of consistent production but more of, is Bradshaw really 100%. The Colts have used every running back during the preseason except for Bradshaw and on Sunday should be a good game for Bradshaw even if his limited on carries. With a bad defense from the Raiders, Bradshaw has to come out explosive for the Colts play-action to work.

Darrius Heyward-Bey: This will be the first time Darrius Heyward-Bey will be going against his former team. This will be a player to watch closely because this might give Heyward-Bey the chance to explode in front of the Raiders team to make them regret cutting him. I expect short passes and screen passes to get Heyward-Bey started in the beginning of the game. However don’t be surprised if T.Y. Hilton has a better game than Heyward-Bey.

Injury Report:

George Bremer from The Herald Bulletin stated on his Twitter that the following players are probable, questionable, and doubtful. Also one player will not play on Sunday via Bremer:

Probable Status: TE Dwayne Allen (foot injury), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot injury), TE Coby Fleener (knee injury), LT Anthony Castonzon (knee injury), LB Mario Harvey (knee injury), S Joe Lefeged (knee injury), RG Mike McGlynn (knee injury)

Questionable Status: DE Fili Moala (foot injury), WR David Reed (head injury)

Doubtful Status: LB Pat Angerer (concussion)

Will not play on Sunday: LB Kavell Conner (ankle injury)

Roster Move:

According to Mike Chappell from Indystar.com, the Colts waived LB Shawn Loiseau from IR. Loiseau and the Colts reached an agreement for an injury settlement.

Linebacker situation: Head Coach Chuck Pagano announced that if LB Pat Angerer cannot fully heal from his concussion by gameday then backup LB Kelvin Sheppard will start and replace Pat Angerer via Tom James from Tribune-Star.