Reich: Jacoby Brissett suffered sprained MCL; availability for Dolphins uncertain

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 03: Jacoby Brissett #7 of the Indianapolis Colts walks off the field after being defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-24 during the game at Heinz Field on November 3, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jacoby Brissett did indeed sprain the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh, but his availability for the Indianapolis Colts’ upcoming game with Miami remains unclear.

Head coach Frank Reich confirmed Monday the nature of Brissett’s injury, which occurred in the second quarter when guard Quenton Nelson was pushed back onto Brissett’s left knee.

No determination of Brissett’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium has been made. Reich said the team will just have to see how Brissett progresses throughout the week.

While it’s risky to compare injuries, it’s worth noting Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers didn’t miss a start in 2018 after spraining the MCL in his left knee and suffering a tibial plateau fracture in the Packers’ season opener against Chicago. He exited the game after sustaining the injuries in the first half, but returned for the second half and was the catalyst for Green Bay’s 24-23 come-from-behind victory.

Rodgers admitted he wasn’t 100% the entire season because of the injuries.

“It limited my mobility for a good part of the season,’’ he said in an offseason interview with ESPN.

Even so, Rodgers passed for 4,442 yards with 25 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Brissett went through several tests with the Colts’ medical staff in the second quarter at Heinz Field, but it was determined the safest course was to keep him on the sideline and have backup Brian Hoyer direct the offense. Hoyer passed for 168 yards and three touchdowns, but also suffered an interception Minkah Fitzpatrick returned 96 yards for a touchdown.

The sprained MCL affected Brissett’s lateral movement.

“My job is lateral,’’ he said after the game. “So that was the focus. I didn’t think it was ready to go. We did a couple of tests and the doctors confirmed.

“I’m in there (the medical tent) trying to push it to get out there. It just wouldn’t have been smart.’’

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