Colts hope to see Khari Willis return in Week 12

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The Indianapolis Colts have been without both of their starting safeties for the better part of the last month but it seems one of them has a chance to return in Week 12 from the injured reserve list.

While Julian Blackmon is out for the remainder of the season due to a torn Achilles, there is a chance we see the return of Khari Willis in Week 12. At least, that’s when he’s eligible to return from his three-week stay on the reserve list.

“Hopeful. The last discussion I had with the docs was – but that was a couple of days ago, but hopeful that that could be the case,” said head coach Frank Reich on Friday.

Willis has been on the injured reserve list since suffering a calf injury against the Tennessee Titans in Week 8. The team quickly put him on the reserve list before the short turnaround for the Thursday Night Football game against the New York Jets in Week 9.

The safety position has been one of concern for the Colts since both of their starters went down. Veteran Andrew Sendejo has been a stable in the secondary since those injuries but he’s struggled to make a positive impact.

Next to him, the Colts have rotated between All-Pro special teamer George Odum and former second-round pick Josh Jones.

It would be a welcome addition for Willis to return in Week 12 before the Colts host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and while it remains to be seen if that will be the case, the window will be open for the third-year safety to return.

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