Colts Receive Heartfelt Concerning Injury Update On Key Wide Receiver

Colts get injury update on rookie wide receiver Josh Downs has quickly become one of the biggest bright spots in the 2023 NFL season for the Indianapolis Colts.
After being selected with the No.
79 pick in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, many called the pick a major steal.
This turned out to be 100% the case in Indianapolis.
Through the first eight games of his NFL career, Downs has shown signs of star potential.
He caught 40 passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns.
Downs became a favorite target of Anthony Richardson, before his season-ending shoulder injury, and now Gardner Minshew.
Unfortunately for Downs and the Colts, his status for the Week 9 game against the Carolina Panthers is uncertain.
Through the Colts’ first eight games this season, one of their biggest weaknesses has been at the wide receiver position.
Downs is arguably their best and most consistent target.
It won’t be good for them in Week 9 if he can’t make it.
If he sits out against the Panthers, the Colts will have only Michael Pittman Jr.
, Alec Pierce, Isaiah McKenzie and Juwann Winfree left at wide receiver.
They will likely elevate a player to the active roster, but those options other than Pittman don’t pose any fear to opposing defenses.
Gardner Minshew will have to give him the job if Downs can’t play.
The Colts are certainly the stronger team on paper, but missing key players against a young team desperate to win could be a dangerous recipe.
One big bright spot for the Colts, however, has been the emergence of their ground game.
Jonathan Taylor is back and looking like his old self, while Zack Moss has cemented himself as a huge part of the offense as well.
If Indianapolis is struggling to move the football through the air, the ground game should be able to carry a much heavier load.
Shane Steichen and company can only wait to see what Downs’ status is at game time.
Hopefully, he’ll be able to get out on the field, but if he can’t, the Colts will have to alter their game plan a bit.

 

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