There has been constant discussion leading up to this weekend’s Titans-Colts matchup about Colts quarterback Carson Wentz. His playing status remains up in the air after spraining both ankles last week. His injury certainly may be the most impactful, but who else is out? How will it affect the game?
Titans Injuries & Impact
OUT for #Titans: Derick Roberson, Caleb Farley, Anthony Firkser.
— Luke Worsham (@luke_worsham) September 24, 2021
Derick Roberson, OLB/Rusher: Roberson has been a rotational defender for Tennessee so far this season. Expect even more Harold Landry than normal as well as more reps for Ola Adeniyi and Rashad Weaver.
Caleb Farley, Cornerback: The rookie hasn’t seen much time on the field so far this season. His absence will force the depth of the Titans’ secondary to take a hit, but that’s all this week. The Colts will continue to prepare for Jackrabbit Jenkins, Kristian Fulton, and co.
Anthony Firkser, Tight End: An unproven position gets a little bit more unproven on Sunday for the Titans. Firk did not play last week either, opening the door for more opportunities for MyCole Pruitt and Geoff Swaim. Indianapolis will have their hands full on the outside with A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, so some receiving production from the TE position could be useful this week.
Colts Injuries & Impact
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 24, 2021
Jordan Glasgow, Linebacker: Glasgow is a special teams player for the Colts. Through the first two weeks, he hasn’t had a snap on defense. His loss hurts their depth on ST, but it won’t change much of the game plan on offense for the Titans.
Braden Smith, Offensive Tackle: This is probably the biggest known loss on either side due to injury this week since Wentz’s status is still up in the air. Smith is a very good offensive lineman for Indianapolis and plays a key role in their running game. The loss of him may cause the Colts to have to shade a bit more protection to his side of the line. Keep an eye on his replacement as they battle the likes of Bud Dupree, Jeffery Simmons, Denico Autry, among others.
Carson Wentz, Quarterback: The Colts QB may play, or he may not. It’ll be a true game-time decision. If he does, his injuries to his ankles will most likely hinder his mobility. Indy would probably lean even more on the run game if they have to start Jacob Eason or Brett Hundley at quarterback. They don’t hold the experience or arm talent that Wentz does as of right now.
Hundley probably provides the most athletically out of those options this week in terms of running. Titans DC Shane Bowen will probably blitz early and often regardless of who is behind center for the Colts.
Featured Image via USA TODAY-Sports