Minter will miss his fourth straight game since dislocating his elbow against Pittsburgh in Week 6. Veteran linebacker Vincent Rey will continue to slot into the starting middle linebacker role.
Minter will miss his third consecutive game Sunday, but the middle linebacker has been limited in his defensive snaps all season anyhow. Expect Hardy Nickerson and Vincent Rey to pick up the snaps left over in Minter's absence.
Minter doesn't need surgery for his dislocated elbow, but he'll still some extra time to recover. Even when he was healthy, though, Minter wasn't logging high snap counts which could happen again after he recovers. For the time being, Hardy Nickerson will slot into the top middle linebacker role.
Minter suffered a dislocated elbow and won't need surgery, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Teammate Shawn Williams had a similar injury and missed less than a month. This bodes well for an eventual return, but there's still no set timetable for his recovery. For the time being, undrafted rookie Hardy Nickerson will see increased responsibilities, making him an intriguing player to monitor.
Minter (elbow) sat out of Wednesday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Minter left Week 7's matchup with the Steelers early and didn't return, so staying on the sidelines Wednesday isn't a great sign. The LSU product hasn't accumulated more than five tackles in a game yet this season, though, so even if he suits up his fantasy floor remains low. Undrafted rookie Hardy Nickerson will fill in at middle linebacker if Minter can't play in Week 8 against the Colts.
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