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Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett has MCL sprain

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Connor Grott
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett rolls on the field in pain before leaving the game during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett rolls on the field in pain before leaving the game during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett suffered an MCL sprain against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but an MRI on Monday revealed no major damage in his left knee.

Colts head coach Frank Reich told reporters that the team is "encouraged" about Brissett's MRI results, but added it's too early to determine whether the signal-caller will suit up for Sunday's matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

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"We're just going to have to wait until Wednesday to see how it feels," Reich said Monday. "I mean, it's one thing to come in today after the injury and feel a little [better]. I think in his mind he felt a little bit better than he expected to feel today, but that's still a far cry from being able to play the game.

"He's optimistic, but you have to wait until Wednesday, 48 hours to see how it responds to see if you can even start thinking about practicing and wrapping your mind around playing Sunday."

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Brissett sustained the injury during the second quarter Sunday when Pro Bowl guard Quenton Nelson was pushed back into the quarterback and stepped on his left leg. He remained on the field in obvious pain for a few minutes before jogging to the sideline with a noticeable limp.

Brissett, who completed 4-of-5 passes for 59 yards prior to the injury, was evaluated in the blue medical tent before briefly putting his helmet on. He later removed it and watched from the sideline for the remainder of the game.

Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, who the Colts signed after the retirement of Andrew Luck, replaced Brissett in the contest. He completed 17-of-26 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns.

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The Colts (5-3) are currently in second place in the AFC South.

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