Colts Week 8-9: The Bye Week, injury update, and roster moves

Every NFL analyst assumed due to the result of Reggie Wayne’s season ending knee injury that the Colts will try to be aggressive and get a trade before the NFL trade deadline (bye week). However, even as aggressive as Colts GM Ryan Grigson has been for the past two years, the Colts just didn’t have the ammunition through draft picks to make a aggressive trade. That’s why during the bye week and this week, the Colts made roster changes to adapt to the situation at hand.

Roster moves and Werner’s injury update:

According to George Bremer from The Herald Bulletin, WR Griff Whalen was moved up to the 53-man roster while C Thomas Austin was signed to the practice squad (Samson Satele seriously injured?). Also via Bremer, OT Xavier Nixon was signed to the practice squad again after being released a couple of days earlier.

According to Josh Wilson from, the Colts brought back from TE Wesley Sanders after Sanders spent the first eight weeks on a suspension after violating the substance abuse policy. Also TE Dominique Jones was waived recently to make a spot in the 53-man roster. The Colts also released CB Daxton Swanson from IR.

According to Kevin Bowen from, rookie OLB Bjoern Werner was seen at practice with pads on Monday (limited practice). Time will tell how much of an impact Werner will have but expect Coach Pagano to slowly put him back at full speed in the next couple of weeks.

Injury Update for SNF game against Houston Texans via Kevin Bowen from

Day-to-Day: CB Greg Toler and LB Cam Johnson are considered day-to-day according to coach Chuck Pagano.

Doubtful: CB Josh Gordy and S Delano Howell are considered doubtful for the SNF game against the Houston Texans.

Questionable: For the sake of argument, I’ll consider OLB Bjoern Werner as questionable just because he was on pads on Monday for practice even though it was limited practice.

This past week was quiet for the Colts as they thought it would be better for one of their own receivers to step up to the challenge to replace a great WR in Reggie Wayne. Only time will tell if the Colts WRs can actually have the same impact as how Reggie Wayne did, especially in 3rd downs. Hopefully the Colts can recover by the time for their third straight prime time game in three weeks (not counting bye week).