That result was not due to a lack of production from Colts star receiver Michael Pittman Jr, who finished the game with nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.
His role in the Colts’ offense has expanded every season since being drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but it appears that an injury that he suffered during practice this week has directly impacted his status for the team’s second matchup of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pittman was initially listed on the Colts’ injury report as questionable for the game, but the team has officially downgraded his status to out on Saturday.
WR Michael Pittman Jr. (quad) has been downgraded to Out. https://t.co/nTtokMmttW
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 17, 2022
This means that the Colts will be without their top-2 wideouts for Sunday’s game, with rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce also being announced as out for Sunday’s game earlier this week.
LB Shaquille Leonard and WR Alec Pierce ruled out for #INDvsJAX.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 16, 2022
The Jacksonville Jaguars have had the Colts’ number lately when the two teams have matched up, famously beating the Colts in the final week of the season last year to keep Indianapolis out of the playoffs last season.
Without their top wide receivers this week, the team will likely heavily rely on star running back Jonathan Taylor to have a heavy workload on Sunday.
If the Jaguars is able to contain him, they may create some major deja-vu this weekend and get a big upset victory in Jacksonville this weekend.