The Indianapolis Colts used one of their second-round picks on defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis envisioning him as a versatile piece that could work all over the defensive front.
While they were right about his versatility, Lewi’s rookie season was put on hold for the first half of the season as the Ohio State product battled a toe injury, which forced him to start the season on the PUP list.
He did return for the second half, though, and wound up playing eight games recording 2.0 sacks and eight quarterback hits.
A pass rusher that could play the three-technique and on the edge, the Colts fell in love with Lewis’ versatility. They touted his talents all summer before he had to miss time due to the toe injury.
As soon as Lewis was ready to return to the field, he claimed a starting role at defensive end opposite Jabaal Sheard. Lewis would play more on the edge than the interior mostly due to the solid play of Margus Hunt and Denico Autry.
Lewis showed promise during his rookie season, but he also showed there were inconsistencies in his game as there were with all of the defensive linemen in 2018 for the Colts.
The Colts have a solid foundation defensively, and Lewis is among the building blocks of the unit in the front seven after a solid rookie season.
The Indianapolis Colts are without a member of the defensive line in the AFC Divisional Round. After listing defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis (knee) as doubtful on Thursday’s injury report for Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts on Friday announced that Lewis was downgraded to out.
Lewis, who did not practice the entire week, suffered the injury in the final regular-season game against the Tennessee Titans. He did not play in the Colts’ opening game of the playoffs last week against the Houston Texans.
The Colts are also without running back Ryan Grant, who was previously ruled out Thursday with a toe injury.
Here are other injuries we’re following heading into the Divisional Round of the playoffs:
- As the Chargers head to New England, tight end Hunter Henry (knee) is questionable to play, while fullback Derek Watt (shoulder), corner back Brandon Facyson (concussion) and linebacker Kyle Wilson (concussion) are likewise questionable.
- To little surprise, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (back) was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Offensive tackle Jason Peters and defensive end Michael Bennett (foot) are questionable, as are linebacker D.J. Alexander and receivers Shelton Gibson (hamstring) and Mike Wallace (ankle).
- Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley (ankle), who did not practice all week, is questionable to play against the Rams on Saturday. Also questionable are tight end Blake Jarwin (ankle), defensive tackle Maliek Collins (illness/ankle), guard Xavier Su’a-Filo (ankle) and safety Darian Thompson (groin). David Irving (ankle) has been ruled out.
- Rams running back Todd Gurley (knee), along with defensive back Blake Countess (concussion), were full participants Thursday after being limited the day before. Defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks (thigh) did not practice and is questionable for Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.
- Chiefs safety Eric Berry (heel), receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) and running back Spencer Ware (hamstring) are questionable heading into Saturday’s game against the Colts.
- Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead (pectoral) looks to be a go for Sunday’s playoff tilt against the Eagles as he practiced in full on Friday and had no game status, which indicates he is expected to play.
- Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise (ankle) was limited in practice on Friday and is doubtful against the Chargers. Wise was the only Patriot on Friday’s injury report.