Following up on the ongoing story
. ... The Colts will have their starting quarterback back to lead the charge in a pivotal divisional tilt versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Head coach Frank Reich made it official Friday announcing Jacoby Brissett
would start Sunday's tilt after the QB missed the Week 10 loss to the Miami Dolphins with a knee injury.
Practice reps indicated Brissett would return to the starting lineup after missing one start. The signal-caller was a full participant in practice this week.
Reich wouldn't put a percentage on Brissett's health entering the game but said the QB was healthy enough to play.
Last week, the Colts were hopeful the starter could go but eventually ruled him out on Saturday.
After backup Brian Hoyer
laid an egg at home a week ago, getting Brissett back in the lineup could prove huge for the Colts, who at 5-4 are in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt.
While Brissett returns, Indy will continue to be without star receiver T.Y. Hilton
, who was ruled out with a calf injury. Sunday will mark Hilton's third straight missed contest. After back-to-back losses, the Colts' record in games without the speedy Hilton dropped to 0-7 for his career.
The Colts will also be without rookie receiver Parris Campbell
(hand), who was ruled out.
Remember, facing Miami with both Hilton and Campbell sidelined last Sunday, Zach Pascal
was well positioned for a huge Week 10.
Instead, the second-year receiver was held to two catches for 26 yards on seven targets despite playing all but one snap. As ESPN's Mike Clay notes, Pascal has reached 19 fantasy points during two of his past four games, but he has also been under six points during three of his past five outings.
The passing game funneled through the team's tandem of tight ends, but ESPN.com's Jim McCormick pointed out that Pascal was afforded 85 air yards and seven targets in the loss, so opportunities for production were present for the young wideout.
Pascal has some flex appeal against the Jaguars with Brissett back, but Clay believes he obviously has a very low floor going up against A.J. Bouye.
One last note here: ESPN's Al Zeidenfeld pointed out that Jacksonville has allowed a touchdown on 10.2 percent of TE targets this season, third-highest in the league behind Arizona and Cleveland.
With the above-mentioned targets they're likely to draw in the regular course
of action, Eric Ebron
and Jack Doyle
could be well-positioned to produce in this one.