In addition to the losses mounting, so too is the injured body count for the Indianapolis Colts.
Defensive tackle Arthur Jones exited midway through the second quarter of Monday night’s 30-27 home loss to Philadelphia with a right high ankle sprain. He couldn’t put weight on the ankle and needed a golf-cart stretcher ride to the locker room.
Jones, signed in the offseason to a five-year contract, will be re-evaluated Tuesday, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. The anchor to the Colts’ 3-4 defensive front had two tackles.
The Colts are already without inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who sat this one out with a strained hamstring suffered in the season opener. Freeman has led the Colts in tackles the past two seasons.
Second-year linebacker Josh McNary made his first NFL start in place of Freeman and had five tackles, but he was also unable to cover Eagles running back Darren Sproles at least a couple of times on big plays.
The team learned last week that suspended outside linebacker Robert Mathis needed surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon and won’t return this season.
The Colts already have 12 players on injured reserve, not yet counting Mathis, and fullback Stanley Havili is on the physically unable to perform list.
First TD ball
What should have been a memorable moment for Jack Doyle probably didn’t seem that way after the Colts lost the game.
The tight end from Indianapolis Cathedral High School caught his first NFL touchdown pass on a 2-yard pass play in the second quarter. As Doyle celebrated with teammates, wide receiver Reggie Wayne ran over to fetch the ball for him.
Doyle was used as a fullback as well as a pass catcher. He caught two passes for 12 yards, and helped open run lanes for the Colts to finish with 169 yards rushing on 38 carries. It was the most Colts rushing yards since 184 in a Week 3 win at San Francisco last season.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes, giving the third-year pro 51 in his brief NFL career. He passed Jim Harbaugh’s 49 for fourth on the team’s all-time list.
It’s the fifth time Luck has had three TD passes in a game. It’s the first time all three covered 5 or fewer yards.
Wayne tied Eugene Daniel for third on the Colts’ all-time games played list at 198. He’s eight games behind Johnny Unitas. Peyton Manning holds the record at 208.
Wayne’s three catches upped his NFL record of consecutive games with at least that many receptions to 73. He’s caught at least one pass in 121 consecutive games.
Kicker Adam Vinatieri surpassed Mike Vanderjagt for the most PATs in team history at 152. He also passed former Lions kicker Jason Hanson for fifth place on the NFL’s career list for PATs (665) and PATs attempted (673).
Cornerback Greg Toler’s second-quarter interception was the team’s first takeaway of the season.
The Colts lost despite dominating time of possession. The home team had the ball 36 minutes, 15 seconds compared to the Eagles’ 23 minutes, 45 seconds.
Neither team had a sack in the game. The Colts were credited with four hurries while the Eagles had three.
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