INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts were without several key players in practice Thursday.
Safety Antoine Bethea (ankle), safety and special teams ace Sergio Brown (groin), defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois (foot), offensive lineman Mike McGlynn (elbow) and defensive end Cory Redding (shoulder) did not practice.
Bethea injured his ankle in the third quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He said he doesn’t believe the injury will force him to miss the regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It may not be a bad idea if the Colts held him out against the Jaguars since the playoffs start the following weekend.
McGlynn, who has played well in recent weeks, could miss Sunday’s game because of his elbow injury.
Redding walked on to the practice during the media portion wearing sweats and some type of contraption on his shoulder under his T-shirt. He injured his shoulder trying to tackle Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Like Bethea, resting Redding may be the best way to go.
The Colts still have something to play for Sunday. They could finish between the No. 2 and 4 seed in the playoffs depending on the outcome of their game and what happens in games involving New England and Cincinnati. It helps the Colts that they're facing the Jaguars (4-11) if Bethea or Redding don’t play.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano will have a better indication of who will play Sunday when he addresses the media after practice Friday.