The Indianapolis Colts will be without three starters in right offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, tight end Dwayne Allen and cornerback Greg Toler for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Cherilus has been slowed in the past by knee and groin injuries but hadn’t missed a game. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Friday a shoulder problem will sideline his right tackle. Pagano said either Joe Reitz or Xavier Nixon would start.
It will be just the sixth game Cherilus has missed in his 101-game, seven-year NFL career.
Allen exited the first half of Sunday’s 42-20 home loss to New England with what was later described as a low right ankle sprain. The team leader with seven touchdown receptions said on Monday that he hoped to play, but the ankle evidently isn’t ready yet.
Allen has 26 receptions for 374 yards in his third season. He played only one game last season after suffering a hip injury and underwent surgeries on both hips. The tight end has 72 receptions for 915 yards and 11 TDs in his career.
In Allen’s absence, tight end Coby Fleener caught each of the seven passes in which he was targeted for a career-high 144 yards against the Patriots. The third-year pro will be expected to get more looks against the Jaguars, although the Colts also have tight end Jack Doyle and re-signed tight end Weslye Saunders on Tuesday.
Toler finished Sunday’s game but arrived at the team complex the next morning with a headache. He underwent the league’s mandated concussion protocol during the week but the team has decided to give him rest.
Like Cherilus, it’s the first start Toler has missed this season. The cornerback has been slowed by injuries throughout his previous five seasons. He missed seven games last season, his first with the Colts. Nickel cornerback Darius Butler, who has two career interception returns for touchdowns against the Jaguars, is expected to start for Toler.
The Colts still have just two running backs — Trent Richardson and Dan Herron — on the active roster after placing leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve Tuesday with a fractured fibula. Pagano said rookie Zurlon Tipton, who is on the practice squad, could be promoted.
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