Donte Moncrief Injury: Colts WR Ruled out for Week 17 vs. Jaguars

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

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)
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief has been in and out of the lineup this season and was forced to the sidelines once again with a shoulder injury in Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders.

On Sunday, the Colts announced Moncrief would not play in the season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars

The receiver has played in only nine games this season but caught his seventh touchdown pass of the year before coming out in Week 16.


Raiders forgot to cover Moncrief... So Luck took advantage. Touchdown, @Colts! #ForTheShoe https://t.co/yPzzKMGOQW

Moncrief is in his third season in the NFL after being selected in the third round of the 2014 draft. After showcasing his ability in flashes during his rookie year, he broke out in 2015 with a team-high six touchdown catches while finishing second behind T.Y. Hilton with 64 receptions and 733 yards.

The 23-year-old hasn't posted the same type of numbers in 2016, catching 30 passes for 307 yards through nine games.

Meanwhile, the bigger issue is his inability to stay on the field. Moncrief missed five games earlier in the season due to a fractured scapula before returning in Week 8. He was then forced to miss the Week 15 game with a hamstring injury.

The Colts now once again have to play without the talented receiver thanks to yet another injury.

Quarterback Andrew Luck will rely on Hilton going forward, while Erik Swoope and Chester Rogers should also get additional looks in the passing game.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.