The Indianapolis Colts have listed running back Donald Brown probable on the team’s injury report for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Brown missed practice yesterday, which had people wondering if he would be able to play on Sunday. But Brown came in today and practiced to finish the week, and there is little doubt to his availability for Sunday’s game against New England.
The former UConn standout has missed three games this season and has struggled with knee issues, and this has led to more carries for rookie running back Vick Ballard. In fact, Ballard is expected to start on Sunday against the Patriots. However, that’s not a big deal, because there is no true starting running back for the Colts. Both Ballard and Brown split things almost 50-50, as the carry split between them in the past two games in which both players were healthy is 28-24. The only thing set in stone about Indianapolis’s rushing attack is the fact that Delonte Carter gets most of the short-yardage carries.
Donald Brown is the best running back on the Colts roster, and he has proven that by averaging 4.1 yards per carry despite struggling with injuries. His YPC average could stand to improve, but a large reason why it is so low is because of the knee issues. However, I don’t see him as being much of a threat for the New England Patriots tough run defense, unless if they tackle as poorly as they did last week against the Buffalo Bills.
The Patriots will almost definitely be seeing action from Brown on Sunday, and I expect him to get at least ten carries.
Mike Chappell tweeted that Winston Justice, Robert Mathis, Josh Chapman, and Samson Satele are also listed probable. All five of those players (including Donald Brown) were able to practice today, and the news regarding both starting offensive linemen is also great news for Indy.
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