Frank Reich described the injury as "more MCL-ish". The injury is considered minor and Brissett has a chance to play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
While they obviously want to see Brissett back under center sooner rather than later, the Colts expressed confidence in Hoyer, who has started in 37 career games. That's pretty much the standard protocol for all teams.
Brissett, who guided the Indianapolis to a 5-2 start to the season, sustained the injury after a teammate was pushed into the back of his leg on the Colts' second offensive possession.
The Indianapolis Colts tight-roped their way through the first two months of the season thanks in part to kicker Adam Vinatieri's seemingly ageless resolve and quarterback Jacoby Brissett's steadying presence following Andrew Luck's abrupt retirement.
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"I was a little encouraged [by the MRI results]", Reich said, via Stephen Holder of The Athletic, "but we'll just see how it goes". That drive coming after the Steelers Chris Boswell had had connected for a 26-yard field goal that gave his team their final lead of the day. Hoyer's biggest mistakes were that he threw an interception that was returned 96 yards for a touchdown by Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and he fumbled the ball on a strip-sack on fourth down.
Along with Vinatieri's missed extra point attempt, the Colts turned the ball over three times.
"I don't think he was good enough to go", Reich said. That's advantageous, of course, since the Steelers just defeated the Colts and would own the head-to-head tiebreaker. When Brissett was shaken up a couple of plays later, Brian Hoyer came on to relieve him and on his second play he was facing a third-and-goal at the 11-yard line.
"I tried", he said. In that scenario, the Colts also would elevate Chad Kelly to the active roster from the practice squad. "We just tried to get after him, get your hands up, see if we could get another one". Those were Hoyer's first touchdown passes since he threw one against the Colts in Week 5 of the 2017 season while he was with the San Francisco 49ers.