Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief is returning to practice this week after missing the past six games, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. Moncrief fractured his scapula in late September and has been sidelined ever since.
It’s unclear if Moncrief will be able to return to game action immediately, but the mere fact that he’s returning to the practice field means he should be available to play in due time. Without Moncrief in the lineup, the Colts have ranked near the middle of the pack on offense — Football Outsiders places Indianapolis 10th in rushing DVOA, 16th in passing DVOA, and 14th in total offensive DVOA.
T.Y. Hilton has maintained his status as Indy’s No. 1 wide receiver, but Phillip Dorsett missed Week 7 with foot and hamstring injuries. As such, Chester Rogers, Devin Street, and Tevaun Smith make up the rest of the Colts’ wide receiver depth chart. Another pass-catcher, tight end Dwayne Allen, is week-to-week as he deals with a sprained ankle.
Moncrief, 23, caught 64 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns last season. In two games (really, one game and change) this year, Moncrief had seven receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown.
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