The Colts running back situation got a little more complicated for Thursday night, as Jordan Wilkins appears ready to play. Wilkins missed last week’s game against the Jaguars with an ankle injury. During that game, the Colts lost Marlon Mack to a hand fracture, and Jonathan Williams went off in his place for 147 yards on 14 touches.
This week, coach Frank Reich said that Wilkins and Williams would share work with Nyheim Hines factoring in as well. That was on Monday, so Reich must have felt good about Wilkins availability at that point. Williams ran so well against the Jaguars that he likely earned work, and we could see one beat the other out for touches based on play, but all three of these backs will get touches on Thursday.
Houston’s run defense gives up the ninth-fewest rushing yards per game, but they are worst in the league at allowing running back receptions. That could spell more work for Hines, especially if the Colts get behind.
This situation is difficult to get a clear handle on, and it could be one to stay away from if you have better options at running back in Week 12.