When the Indianapolis Colts take to the field Sunday on the road to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami against the Miami Dolphins, they will do so without star goalie Quenton Nelson.
Nelson injured his ankle in the second quarter of the Tennessee Titans’ Week 3 road loss, twisting in a run to the left near midfield, forcing him off the field without putting weight on his leg.
Losing Nelson for at least Week 4, according to Colts head coach Frank Reich, is not only a blow to the Colts on the pitch, but also in the locker room, which is detrimental for a 0-3 team looking for their first victory.
“He’s an elite leader. He is an elite leader, not just an elite player, ”Reich said at his press conference on Friday. “So you just have to do it – we’ll get the energy back. What we’ve been talking about this week is the energy and that stuff really, first and foremost and most of all, that comes from running playing good football. If we want good energy on the sidelines no matter the heat or the temperature, let’s just play good football and run all three phases.
Nelson won’t be the only key starter to come out for the Colts on Sunday.
Indianapolis will also be without rookie defensive end Kwity Paye, starting safety Khari Willis, starting cornerback Rock Ya-Sin and Smith. Doubtful players for Sunday’s game include tight end Jack Doyle, Mark Glowinski, Jonathan Taylor and Carson Wentz.
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