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Colts Beat: Discussing the defense

Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:09am

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Colts beat writer Mike Wells on the team's surprising defensive prowess: I didn’t think this defense had a chance once linebacker Robert Mathis, last season’s sack leader, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. The unit appeared to be headed for a rough season after it had only one sack over the first two games. But defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has taken a hold-nothing-back approach with his defense. With two cornerbacks who can blanket receivers, Greg Toler and Vontae Davis, Manusky is loading the box and constantly blitzing. That is why the Colts have 20 sacks and nine turnovers during their five-game winning streak. They have also held their past four opponents to 4-of-41 on third down. People might not have respected the Colts' defense before, but now teams have to take notice.

Fantasy Impact:

The unit has averaged 12.9 FP per game over the last five weeks, but has had the benefit of facing Chad Henne/Blake Bortles, Charlie Whitehurst, Ryan Fitzpatrick and an A.J. Green-less Bengals team. Starting with Week 12, the Colts defense has a pretty nice schedule to close the season.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) took limited practice reps again Thursday. We’re expecting Bernard to play in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He may not find much room to run, but he racked up 19 catches for 150 yards and a TD in his three meetings with the Ravens.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) missed practice again Thursday. Green is getting closer, though we’ll continue to assume he’s out until he returns to practice.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (ribs) took limited practice reps Wednesday. We’re expecting Bernard to play in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He may not find much room to run, but he racked up 19 catches for 150 yards and a TD in his three meetings with the Ravens.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) did not practice Wednesday. Green is getting closer, though we’ll continue to assume he’s out until he returns to practice.

Source: Reggie Wayne could miss a game or two

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:14am

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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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

A.J. Green (toe) likely won't be 100-percent this season

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 9:50am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Last week, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis described the status of A.J. Green as “up in the air.” While Lewis expressed more optimism on Monday, Green has repeated the same assessment provided previously by Lewis.

“It’s still up in the air,” Green told NFL Network on Tuesday morning, “but it definitely feels better. We’ll see about this week.”

One thing we won’t see is a fully healthy A.J. Green until 2015, at the earliest.

“It’s probably not gonna be 100 percent, but I hope it’s just manageable,” Green said.

Fantasy Impact:

Green did add that he thinks he can still get through the season and play at a high level once he is able to play, but his injury is a cause for concern at his position. There could be a lot of missed practices, questionable statuses and maybe even game-time decisions in the future for Green owners.

Marvin Lewis: A.J. Green's return 'up in the air'

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:21am

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The Bengals still aren't exactly sure when injured Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green will be rejoining their ranks, coach Marvin Lewis said Friday afternoon.

After Green's visit to a foot specialist last week in Cincinnati, the hope was that the third-year star wideout would be back after this week. But the possibility exists his return could take a little longer.

Asked Friday about a more defined timetable for Green's return from a big toe injury that kept him out of last week's game and will do the same this Sunday, Lewis simply said "the time is up in the air."

Fantasy Impact:

As we've stated before, the Colts are not a favorable matchup for wide receivers. Mohamed Sanu is a strong WR2, while Brandon Tate is one of our Sneaky Starts with Green out of the lineup.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. Benjamin returned to Week 6’s game against the Bengals after taking a big hit from Vontaze Burfict. He apparently showed up with a headache early in the week and is now going through the league’s concussion protocol. HC Ron Rivera says he was pleased with how Benjamin worked on Friday and that the wideout “practiced well” and “looked sharp.” He still has to be cleared by an independent doctor, but that appears to be the final step towards playing in Week 7. The Panthers play early on Sunday, but we should know his status by Saturday. His absence would be a downgrade for Cam Newton and an upgrade for Greg Olsen and Jerricho Cotchery.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 7. We’re not expecting Green to play in a big game against the Colts. Mohamed Sanu is a strong WR2, while Brandon Tate is a Sneaky Start with Green out of the lineup. The Colts are not a favorable matchup for wide receivers.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 7. The 4for4 preseason favorite has been placed on season-ending IR. Mohamed Sanu holds WR2 value at this point.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Wayne will be fine to face the Bengals.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Benjamin returned to Week 6’s game against the Bengals after taking a big hit from Vontaze Burfict. He apparently showed up with a headache early in the week and is now going through the league’s concussion protocol. We’re worried about his Week 7 availability, though the team seems optimistic. The Panthers play early on Sunday, but we should know his status by Saturday. His absence would be a downgrade for Cam Newton and an upgrade for Greg Olsen and Jerricho Cotchery.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) missed practice again Thursday. We’re not expecting Green to play in a big game against the Colts. Mohamed Sanu is a strong WR2, while Brandon Tate is a Sneaky Start with Green out of the lineup.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle) was ruled out for Week 7. The 4for4 preseason favorite has been placed on season-ending IR. Mohamed Sanu holds WR2 value at this point.