Nov 22, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs the ball in the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Colts RB Taylor activated from reserve/COVID-19 list

Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and returned to practice Wednesday, coach Frank Reich announced.

Taylor was placed on the list on Saturday and missed Sunday’s 45-26 home loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Taylor, 21, leads the team in carries (135), rushing yards (518) and rushing touchdowns (four). The 2020 second-round pick also has 26 catches for 227 yards in 10 games this season.

Indianapolis (7-4) goes on the road Sunday for an AFC South game against the Houston Texans (4-7).

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Nov 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) during pre game warm ups against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Colts down three defensive starters vs. Titans

The Indianapolis Colts will enter Sunday’s key AFC South matchup with the Tennessee Titans minus three starters on defense.

Head coach Frank Reich stated Friday that defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Denico Autry as well as linebacker Bobby Okereke are all out for the contest.

”This is normal in the NFL and good teams overcome it,” Reich said on Friday about missing the three players.

Both Buckner and Autry are currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which means that both have to wait at least 10 days after symptoms begin and 24 after symptoms pass to return to the team.

Autry missed last Sunday’s Colts overtime win over the Green Bay Packers at home after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Buckner was placed on the list on Wednesday after he tested positive for the virus.

Okereke has been ruled out of Sunday’s game with an injured ankle.

Indianapolis will look for their second win over the Titans in 2020, having defeated them 34-17 in Nashville back on Nov. 12.

Both teams enter Sunday’s game with a record of 7-3. Both teams are coming off overtime wins Sunday, the Colts win over Green Bay and the Titans topped the Baltimore Ravens 30-24 on a game winning 29-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry.

Henry finished the game with 133 yards and the winning score. This season he has rushed for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns.

Reich said on Friday that it is nothing new to lose key players prior to a big game, but it is something the Colts will have to fight through.

“I’ve seen it happen so many times through the years, the good teams overcome it and that’s what we need to do,” Reich said.

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Nov 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) during pre game warm ups against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Colts place DT Buckner on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Indianapolis Colts placed defensive tackle DeForest Buckner on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

The list is for players who have either tested positive for the coronavirus or come in close contact with an infected person. Although teams do not disclose the reason, if a player tests positive, he would be quarantined at least 10-14 days and would miss Sunday’s game; players placed on the list for close contact undergo five days of quarantine and testing, but potentially can become eligible the morning of the game.

Losing the 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman would be a huge blow for the Colts (7-3) as they prepare to host running back Derrick Henry and the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans (7-3) on Sunday.

Buckner has started all 10 games in his first season with Indianapolis and has 41 tackles, 16 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Buckner, 26, spent his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him seventh overall in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018 and has 304 tackles and 31 sacks in 73 career games (all starts).

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Nov 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) during pre game warm ups against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Colts place DT Buckner on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Indianapolis Colts placed defensive tackle DeForest Buckner on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

The list is for players who have either tested positive for the coronavirus or come in close contact with an infected person. Although teams do not disclose the reason, if a player tests positive, he would be quarantined at least 10-14 days and would miss Sunday’s game; players placed on the list for close contact undergo five days of quarantine and testing, but potentially can become eligible the morning of the game.

Losing the 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman would be a huge blow for the Colts (7-3) as they prepare to host running back Derrick Henry and the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans (7-3) on Sunday.

Buckner has started all 10 games in his first season with Indianapolis and has 41 tackles, 16 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Buckner, 26, spent his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him seventh overall in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018 and has 304 tackles and 31 sacks in 73 career games (all starts).

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Nov 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) during pre game warm ups against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Colts place DT Buckner on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Indianapolis Colts placed defensive tackle DeForest Buckner on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

The list is for players who have either tested positive for the coronavirus or come in close contact with an infected person. Although teams do not disclose the reason, if a player tests positive, he would be quarantined at least 10-14 days and would miss Sunday’s game; players placed on the list for close contact undergo five days of quarantine and testing, but potentially can become eligible the morning of the game.

Losing the 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman would be a huge blow for the Colts (7-3) as they prepare to host running back Derrick Henry and the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans (7-3) on Sunday.

Buckner has started all 10 games in his first season with Indianapolis and has 41 tackles, 16 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Buckner, 26, spent his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him seventh overall in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018 and has 304 tackles and 31 sacks in 73 career games (all starts).

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) during pre game warm ups against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Colts place DT Buckner on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Indianapolis Colts placed defensive tackle DeForest Buckner on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

The list is for players who have either tested positive for the coronavirus or come in close contact with an infected person. Although teams do not disclose the reason, if a player tests positive, he would be quarantined at least 10-14 days and would miss Sunday’s game; players placed on the list for close contact undergo five days of quarantine and testing, but potentially can become eligible the morning of the game.

Losing the 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman would be a huge blow for the Colts (7-3) as they prepare to host running back Derrick Henry and the AFC South rival Tennessee Titans (7-3) on Sunday.

Buckner has started all 10 games in his first season with Indianapolis and has 41 tackles, 16 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Buckner, 26, spent his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him seventh overall in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl in 2018 and has 304 tackles and 31 sacks in 73 career games (all starts).

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter  at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers WR Adams misses practice, plans to play Sunday

Davante Adams didn’t practice on Thursday because of an injured ankle, but the Green Bay Packers’ leading receiver said he plans to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Adams, who has 61 catches for 741 yards and nine touchdowns this year, suffered the injury during this past Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After leaving the game temporarily, he returned to catch the game-winning touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter.

Adams, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed two games earlier this season with an injured hamstring, is confident he will be on the field when the Packers (7-2) face the Colts (6-3).

Adams’ 61 catches are at least 33 more than any Packers player, and no teammate has more than 463 yards receiving (Marquez Valdes-Scantling).

“I’m just playing it slow right now and just letting it heal up as much as possible,” Adams, who was limited in what he could do in practice on Wednesday, told reporters. “We’re doing all the right things to make sure I can be on top of the game by Sunday. I’m not even going to go there as far as guaranteeing that if I’m playing or not, but that’s the idea.”

While Adams is questionable for Sunday’s game, so is receiver Allen Lazard, who hasn’t played since injuring a core muscle during a victory over the New Orleans Saints. Lazard has been limited in two practices since being activated on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media