While Jones was expected, the remaining 3 were at least thought to have a realistic chance of playing in Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans.
The biggest blow has obviously been suffered on the offensive line, where the Colts will be without both of their starting guards. Mewhort missed last Sunday’s game against the Ravens (ankle), but veteran OG Lance Louis once again filled-in admirably in his second consecutive start. With Thornton additionally out, it likely means that the team will either slide center A.Q. Shipley to offensive guard off the bench or have veteran OG/OT Joe Reitz make his first start of the season on Louis’s other side.
It comes at an unfortunate time, when the Colts’ are set to line up against the Texans’ All-Pro Defensive lineman, J.J. Watt.