One starter will miss the rest of the season but two should return for the Colts’ game this week against the Lions in Detroit.
Defensive tackle Fili Moala sustained an ACL injury to his knee during the Colts’ 20-13 victory over Buffalo Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium and will be placed on injured reserve.
“Obviously it’s a blow because Fili was playing extremely well for us,” said interim head coach Bruce Arians. “We’ll pick up the pieces and go on with the defensive line. We’ve had so many injuries there this year that we’ve built some depth. We’ll just continue on with the guys that we have at that position. Clifton Geathers and Lawrence Guy will fill in some roles there along with Ricardo Mathews.”
Moala had started eight games and produced 19 tackles and one sack. He had five tackles against Buffalo. Arians said his injury will not accelerate the return of rookie nose tackle Josh Chapman.
“No, it’s totally a different position,” Arians said. “We’re just going to make sure that he’s right before we put him out there.”
Davis returns just in time to match up with Detroit star receiver Calvin Johnson, who leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,257 along with 73 receptions. The preseason acquisition from Miami has been out the last three games with a knee injury.
Fleener likewise has missed the past three games with a shoulder injury. The rookie from Stanford has 21 receptions for 222 yards.
Arians said both players would be at practice Wednesday and should play this week.