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Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts
Antoine Bethea, S (ankle)
According to George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin, safety Antoine Bethea played through an ankle injury in Week 17.
Most likely, his injury is very minor—such as a Grade 1 low ankle sprain.
As long as supportive taping can stabilize his ankle, he can continue to play through it—assuming good pain control. However, an injured ankle is a weaker ankle and can worsen on any given play.
Vontae Davis, CB (groin)
Per ESPN's John Clayton, Cornerback Vontae Davis left the game on Sunday with a groin injury. Luckily, according to Pro Football Talk's Josh Alper, an MRI came back negative for any serious injury.
In other words, at worst, the former Fighting Illini likely suffered a minor Grade 1 strain.
Grade 1 strains involve only minor muscle overstretching and microscopic tearing. A Grade 2 or Grade 3 strain—or a partial or complete muscle tear, respectively—usually shows up on MRI.
Very mild Grade 1 injuries may not necessarily affect a player if treatment can provide adequate pain control and normal function.
On the other hand, they remain at risk of further, more serious injury until fully healed and, therefore, cannot be completely dismissed.
Davis' practice status throughout the week will shed some light on the severity of his injury. Participation in two consecutive practices bodes well for Saturday, whereas anything less casts at least some degree of doubt.
Cory Redding, DE (shoulder)
According to Yahoo! Sports, a shoulder injury sidelined defensive end Cory Redding on Sunday.
Fortunately, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, head coach Chuck Pagano stated Redding is "good to go" for Tuesday's practice.
Details remain scarce for now, but like Davis, if Redding can complete at least two consecutive practices, he may very well return for Saturday. Time will tell.
- According to the same Yahoo! Sports report, the Colts rested linemen Ricky Jean-Francois (foot) and Mike McGlynn (elbow) last week.