Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow, not injury related) missed practice Thursday. It appears that Wayne is questionable for Monday night’s game. Donte Moncrief would be a Sneaky Start if Wayne can’t play, and Hakeem Nicks has some desperation appeal in a revenge game against his old team.
Bradshaw, who was not brought back after the 2012 season, and Hakeem Nicks, who was not re-signed after last season, will surely be determined to show their former team they made a mistake not keeping them. Because neither, particularly Bradshaw, ever wanted to leave.
This is an example of the #OldTeamTheorem that Senior Editor John Paulsen likes to talk about on Twitter (@4for4_John). Players are generally extra motivated to stick it to their old teams. It doesn't always result in a big game, but more often than not, players seem to outperform their usual production. We expect Bradshaw to play well. If Reggie Wayne misses another game, Nicks could be in the mix for a surprising game as well, though Donte Moncrief has been outplaying him thus far.
Reggie Wayne (elbow) is ahead of schedule and considered day-to-day.
The Colts hope to get him back out there this week, the story added, but it's a bit of good news that he's ahead of schedule. While Wayne will slide back to his normal WR2 role, Donte Moncrief had a huge game in his place against Pittsburgh, seemingly moving ahead of Hakeem Nicks as the WR3. Wayne has struggled as of late so it's possible we start to see a little more of Moncrief.
If Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was any indication it should be an easy decision for coach Chuck Pagano.
With Wayne out because of an elbow injury, Moncrief stepped up and complemented Hilton by catching seven passes on a team-high 12 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown -- all career highs -- in the loss.
"Donte was running great routes, playing fast and he certainly doesn't play like a rookie," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "He's solid, he's steady and I'm happy for how well he played."
The story said the original thought was that the Colts would ease Moncrief, the team's third-round draft pick, into a larger role because of their depth at receiver this season. But his speed, athleticism and ability to make plays has accelerated the process. Moncrief showed off his skills when he made a leaping catch over Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen for a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Nicks, who started the game as the No. 2 receiver, finished with only reception for 27 yards in the six times he was targeted, the piece added. Moncrief is a name to watch and could have some deeper league, flex value in this heavy-passing Colts offense.
Trent Richardson (hamstring) missed practice all week and is a bit of a surprise active today for Colts. He should not be started for fantasy purposes. Dan Herron may still get some additional work. Hakeem Nicks will start in place of Reggie Wayne. Donte Moncrief will also be in the mix.
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Donte Moncrief played a bit more than Hakeem Nicks in Week 7, though Nicks has out-snapped Moncrief 277 to 96 on the season and 35 to 12 as recently as Week 6. Moncrief has offered a better FP/snap, per our Player Snap App. We'll keep our ear to the ground and try to determine which player would be the better desperation start in Week 8, though right now we would lean Nicks’s way, given his experience. Dwayne Allen might be the biggest beneficiary of extra work in the passing game.
"I think the ball is being spread around, and (Nicks') opportunities are going to come," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "The more (defenses) adjust to take away certain receivers, tight ends or whoever it may be, it's just a matter of time before a pro like Hakeem has an opportunity to capitalize on the right matchup."
Regarding Moncrief, Hamilton said coaches have already gained enough confidence to play him in key situations without fear of the moment being too big.
"He's ahead of schedule," Hamilton said. "He's a guy that we feel like at any given moment we can plug him in and he'll be ready to go out there and perform at the level that's expected."
There isn't a clear cut winner if Wayne is sidelined, but Moncrief did out-snap Nicks in Week 7, while Nicks has far more experience.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) missed practice again Thursday. The Colts are calling Wayne “day to day,” so he could play through the injury this week. If not, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief would see additional playing time. Moncrief actually out-snapped Nicks in Week 7.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) did not practice Wednesday. The Colts are calling Wayne “day to day,” so he could play through the injury this week. If not, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief would see additional playing time.
A source with knowledge of the situation said that while the injury to Reggie Wayne’s left elbow doesn’t appear to be serious, it could force him to miss a game or two. Coach Chuck Pagano didn’t reveal the results of a MRI on Wayne’s elbow during his Monday press conference.
Wayne suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He went up for a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck and was knocked off balance by Bengals cornerback Adam Jones. Wayne cushioned his fall by using his left arm.
This keeps getting worse. Wayne eventually came back into the game last week after hurting the elbow, but then said after the game the injury wasn't a big deal. We had a report about the MRI on Monday. Hakeem Nicks could step into a bigger workload if Wayne misses time.
Colts HC Chuck Pagano offered these injury updates to lead off his Monday press conference:
Reggie Wayne is in the process of having an MRI, after finishing the game with an injured elbow on Sunday.
The story went on to say that Wayne missed a couple of plays on Sunday due to falling awkwardly on his elbow, but did return to action. It seems the MRI is precautionary but we'll be sure to keep you posted.
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