Colts injuries: Andrew Sendejo enters concussion protocol and Parris Campbell remains out

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INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts are mostly in good shape with injuries one game after a late bye week but they do have a couple of situations to monitor.

Starting safety Andrew Sendejo is in the league's concussion protocol. He took a shot on a play in coverage during Saturday night's 27-17 victory over the New England Patriots, and the Colts will now monitor his progress as they move toward Saturday's road game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Indianapolis Colts safety Andrew Sendejo has filled in for injuries on the back end of the defense this season.
Indianapolis Colts safety Andrew Sendejo has filled in for injuries on the back end of the defense this season.

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Another player the Colts were hoping they'd get back by the Christmas Day game in Arizona is wide receiver Parris Campbell, who has been on injured reserve since Week 6 with a broken foot. It does not sound as if he'll make it back quite that quickly.

"He's continuing to make good progress," Colts coach Frank Reich said of Campbell. "We just talked about him this morning again. I would anticipate here before too long, I'll have something more concrete for you guys, just to give you an idea of where he's at. But he is making good progress."

Indianapolis could use Campbell, a second-round pick out of Ohio State in 2019, as it has struggled to find any secondary receivers beyond Michael Pittman. Pittman has 889 receiving yards this season, Zach Pascal is second with 369 yards. The struggle became immensely clear against the Patriots, when Pittman was ejected and Carson Wentz finished just 5 of 12 for 57 yards passing.

Sendejo became a starter out of necessity after safeties Julian Blackmon and Khari Willis went on injured reserve. The 12th-year veteran has struggled in coverage and run support at various points, but he has remained a full-time starter even as Willis has returned to command one of those safety spots.

To return from a brain injury, a player has to clear five different steps prior to the game, finishing with a practice and clearance from an independent neurologist. The Colts will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week before traveling to Arizona to play on Christmas night.

Contact Nate Atkins at natkins@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter @NateAtkins_.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Colts injuries: Andrew Sendejo enters concussion protocol, Parris Campbell out

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