Injury Updates from Labor Day

With all of the craziness regarding Peyton Manning's health, as well as the suspension of Jim Tressel, the updates of a few players' injuries was lost on Monday. Per Tom James:

WR Austin Collie (foot), LB Gary Brackett (elbow) and OG Ryan Diem (elbow) all saw work during Monday's practice. Diem is expected to start at right offensive guard after sliding inside from right offensive tackle.

All of this is good news, especially regarding Austin Collie. Collie was one of the best receivers in the game last year before he got a nasty concussion. If Kerry Collins is going to lead the offense into any kind of rhythm, he's going to need all of his weapons. Also from Tom James:

WR Anthony Gonzalez (hamstring) and S Antoine Bethea (hamstring) both sat out Monday's workout. Gonzalez and Bethea are hopeful of being available for the Texans game. "I feel pretty good, so we’ll see what happens. I’m progressing," Gonzalez said. "We’re being smart about it and going step by step.”

Both of these guys need to play. The offense is going to be bad enough without Peyton, Gonzo needs to prove the Colts right by getting healthy and staying healthy. Antoine Bethea has been the most consistent player on the Colts' defense since he earned the starting job in 2006. The Colts' young, thin secondary needs Bethea in the defensive backfield to steady the pass defense. A mix of news today, but nothing to add to, which is good.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.