Things could get ugly between the Colts and Steelers in week 16.
Philip Rivers will have to forego his two offensive tackles against the Steelers after the Colts confirm Anthony Castonzo will miss the week 16 game.
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Castonzo was disfellowshipped with a “knee / ankle injury” when joining Braden Smith on Saturday. Smith was put on the Reserve / COVID-19 list on Friday.
The news will be a blow to veteran quarterback Rivers as he prepares to face a Steelers defense that leads the NFL at 47 sacked this year.
Rivers has played three games without Castonzo or Smith this season and has been sacked five times in those games. In his eleven games with the duo, he has been sacked nine times.
Among the quarterbacks who have started more than six games this season, only Ben Roethlisberger (12) and Drew Brees (11) have been sacked less often than Rivers (14), but he may now feel more exposed.
The Steelers have already secured a place in the playoffs but want to end a three-game loss at Heinz Field, where victory would secure the title in the AFC North Division.
Indianapolis, however, is hoping to cause more misery for the Steelers and could book their place in the postseason with a win.