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Bengals v Colts: Hugh Thornton out and A.Q. Shipley is doubtful

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The Indianapolis Colts suffered a blow when their starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve earlier this week. Unfortunately for the Colts, the knocks keep coming for their offensive line.

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The Indianapolis Colts will be without starting right guard Hugh Thornton on Sunday, head coach Chuck Pagano said on Friday. Thornton suffered a shoulder injury last week against the Tennessee Titans, completing a season that was highlighted with an MCL sprain. Per Pro Football Focus, Thornton is one of the team's best run blockers.

On the other hand, A.Q. Shipley, the team's highest-graded run blocker this season, is listed as doubtful after suffering an ankle injury during the regular season finale. Shipley has missed practice this week and Pagano initially called him day-to-day -- assuming at this stage that the ankle simply didn't respond as hoped.

Aside from Jack Mewhort, if Shipley is unable to go, there won't be an offensive lineman with a run blocking score higher than 0.5 this weekend.

Running back Trent Richardson, who has largely been displaced by Dan Herron as the team's primary running back, is also listed as questionable with an illness.