The Colts head into week six 1-4 after playing with a preseason squad due to injuries in New England. After having 10 days off, injuries have lightened up and about have if last weeks injured players will be returning.
Safeties Matthias Farley and Clayton Geathers are both ruled OUT vs the Jets. Former Steeler Mike Mitchell who was signed earlier in the week will be getting the start. Mitchell is a run stopper type of safety and will look to be the helper in stopping Isiah Crowell who is coming of an amazing week. Mitchell may also be getting the start for multiple weeks as Farley was placed in IR and Geathers may have a serious neck injury. That being said, this is an important week for him to be able to perform like a top safety and assist the Colts to their second win of the season.
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Star defensive linemen Denice Autry and Margus Hunt have also been ruled out leaving Kemoko Turay and Grover Stewart to get the starts. Turay has shown an immense amount of talent and looks to continue to show it against the shaky Jets offensive line. Grover Stewart, who I was fortunate enough to interview, has had a good amount of snaps but will have a career high against the Jets. If these two can prove early on into their careers they deserve being starters then the ceiling can only get higher for these two talented, raw young bucks.
Anthony Castanzo, starting left tackle for the Colts, looks to make his season debut and protect Lucks blind side. After missing five weeks, it will be interesting to see if he has any rust considering he’s been full go in practice. Having Castanzo back is a huge improvement compared to Le’Raven Clark who may see the start at right tackle especially when lining up against Leonard Williams and some athletic Jets’ linebackers. Injured and returning players is, of course, the main focus this week because of the torture we all witnessed last week.