Donte Moncrief Injury Update: Colts WR Ruled Out for Week 15 vs. Vikings

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 20:  Donte Moncrief #10 of the Indianapolis Colts runs a pass route during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts defeated the Titans 24-17.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief was ruled out of his team's Week 15 game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday due to a hamstring injury, per Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star

The third-year player suffered the injury during Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, and he was considered day-to-day, per Mike Chappell of Fox59. After missing an entire week of practice, he won't be able to compete in a key game for the Colts.

Moncrief posted strong numbers in his second season, catching 64 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns despite quarterback Andrew Luck missing nine games.

The 23-year-old wideout has struggled to recreate that success in 2016, though. Through eight games, Moncrief has 28 receptions for 277 yards and six touchdowns. Granted, Indianapolis' passing game as a whole has underwhelmed as a result of an offensive line that is 30th in pass protection, per Football Outsiders.

A shoulder injury knocked Moncrief out of action for a chunk of September and most of October. Ahead of Indianapolis' Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, he dealt with a hamstring issue but didn't miss any time initially.

A recurrence of Moncrief's health problems comes at a terrible time for the Colts, who have some work left to do in order to earn a playoff berth.

Indianapolis will continue to rely on T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett to be integral parts of the passing game, while Chester Rogers will likely need to step up to fill the void left by Moncrief.

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