Indianapolis Colts - PlayerWatch
WR Griff Whalen (calf) suffered a strained right calf against the Texans. Whalen scored his first NFL touchdown in the Houston game. He also caught four passes for 45 yards and was the primary punt returner. Whalen had a 51-yard punt return to set up one Indianapolis score. He should be fine for the Kansas City game.
OLB Robert Mathis recorded sack No. 16.5 sack of the season against the Texans, breaking the franchise single-season record. He also set the franchise record for career sacks with 108. It also marked his 16.5th career sack against Houston, which is his most against any opponent. Mathis also had four total tackles, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in the game.
C Samson Satele (elbow) did not practice last week or play against Houston on Sunday. He was hurt against Cincinnati three weeks ago. Satele is listed as day-to-day. He might be able to return for practice on Wednesday.
CB Darius Butler had a pair of interceptions and came close to getting a third against the Texans. Butler now leads the Colts in interceptions with four. He also had four interceptions a year ago, which was a single-season career best. Butler had previously recorded three interceptions as a rookie for New England in 2009.
ILB Pat Angerer was a healthy pre-game inactive for the Texans game. Angerer had started nine of the previous 13 games for the Colts. He was previously inactive for the Oakland and San Francisco games. The decision was to sit Angerer and go with ILB Kavell Conner.
DT Ricky Jean Francois (foot) is not expected to be available for the Kansas City game. Jean Francois was hurt against Tennessee three weeks ago. He is not expected back until the final regular-season game with Jacksonville at the earliest.
FB Stanley Havili (knee) should be able to return for practice on Wednesday. Havili was hurt against Cincinnati two weeks ago and did not practice last week.
RB Donald Brown (stinger) is day-to-day in practice this week after he was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's game with Houston. He did not return. Brown remains hopeful of being able to play this week at Kansas City.
OG Jeff Linkenbach (quad) remains on the day-to-day practice listing. Linkenbach was hurt against Tennessee two weeks ago. He did not play at Cincinnati or against Houston on Sunday. Linkenbach has not practiced since he was initially injured.
ILB Kavell Conner, who has been sidelined the last couple of games with a high ankle sprain, got back on the field for the Houston game. Conner had four total tackles, all solos, against the Texans. He has seen limited playing time this season as former Buffalo inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard had supplanted him on the depth chart. Conner's athleticism, primarily on special teams, was one reason given for his increased playing time against Houston.
WR LaVon Brazill (foot) is hopeful of returning to practice on Wednesday. Brazil was hurt in the Cincinnati game and did not practice last week. He wore a walking boot on his right foot.
S Sergio Brown (groin) has been diagnosed as suffering from a strained groin. Brown is listed as day-to-day by the Colts coaching staff. His status for Sunday's game at Kansas City will be updated later this week.
OG Joe Reitz (concussion symptoms) is currently undergoing the NFL's-mandated protocols. His status for the Kansas City game remains undecided. Reitz was hurt in the first half of Sunday's game with Houston.
DT Montori Hughes (knee) left the Texans game briefly but later returned. Hughes is expected to be available for Sunday's game at Kansas City.
CB Greg Toler (groin) has not played since he was hurt against Denver on Oct. 20. He is hopeful of being cleared to return for practice on Wednesday. No decision has been made on his availability for Sunday's game at Kansas City.