Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said defensive tackle Arthur Jones won’t be able to play due to a nagging right high ankle sprain. Signed in the offseason to be a run-stuffing anchor in the 3-4 defensive scheme, Jones has missed seven of the last eight games with the injury.
The one game he played, at Pittsburgh on Oct. 26, he re-aggravated the injury. Jones practiced on a limited basis the past two days, but just wasn’t ready yet.
Perhaps the Colts’ greatest concern during the week was offensive right tackle Gosder Cherilus, who missed two days of practice with a groin injury. He has also been dealing with a knee problem, but has yet to miss a game.
The rest apparently agreed with Cherilus, a full-practice participant on Friday. While listed as questionable on the injury report, Pagano said he’s a go.
“Looked good,” Pagano said. “Yeah, looked good.”
Asked if he benefited from the rest, which included last weekend’s bye, the repetitive coach said, “Everybody did. Yeah, everybody did.”
That includes outside linebacker Erik Walden, who missed the last game with a hip flexor. Walden didn’t practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday and then went full on Friday. He’s listed as probable and is also ready to play.
“I feel like we’ve had a good week,” Pagano said. “We’re excited about the opportunity.”
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