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ISR Colts/Notre Dame Beat Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Last Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts (8-4) made up for their blowout loss two weeks ago to the Arizona Cardinals by completing a season sweep of division rival Tennessee Titans. This week, the Colts face the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) in a game that may hold even more importance than last week’s game against Tennessee.
Against Tennessee, the Colts ran into the injury bug once again, a foe they have become all too familiar with throughout the season. Injuries made roster changes necessary.
- On Tuesday, the Colts promoted rookie outside linebacker (and former rugby player) Daniel Adongo, as well as rookie offensive tackle Xavier Nixon to the 53-man active roster.
- Adongo and Nixon replace rookie running back Daniel “Boom” Herron and linebacker Mario Harvey, who were both placed on Injured Reserve. Herron tore a pectoral muscle against the Titans on Sunday. Harvey’s injury has yet to be disclosed.
- On Tuesday, the team also announced that fullback Robert Hughes and defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton are being signed to the Practice Squad.
- Starting defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois (foot) has a partially torn plantar fascia and will be out two-to-four weeks. It is a similar injury that linebacker Bjoern Werner had earlier this season.
- Offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach (quad) has a slight quad tear and is week-to-week. He will play this week in Cincinnati if healthy enough to be cleared.
- Cornerbacks Greg Toler (groin) and Josh Gordy (groin) and linebacker Kavell Conner (ankle) are all expected back at practice this week. Toler has missed the last four games, Gordy has missed three out of the last four games and Conner has missed the last two games.
- Outside linebacker Robert Mathis has the most sacks ever by a Colts player through the first 12 games of the season with 15.5.
- During the Titans game, kicker Adam Vinatieri became tied for first place all-time in 100-point seasons (16) with Jason Elam.
- At 40 years-old and with four games remaining in 2013, Vinatieri need one 50-yard field goal to set a career-high for a single season with 5.
- With a win on Sunday, the Colts will clinch the AFC South title for the eighth time since 2002.
Come back later this week for a pre-game preview and post-game review of the Colts’ and Bengals’ pivotal showdown on Sunday.
Jake Arthur is a senior writer at the Indy Sports Report covering the Indianapolis Colts and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts and has full media access. You can follow Jake and ISR on Twitter.