Colts Lose Starting Right Tackle
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INDIANAPOLIS – The hits keep coming to the health of an already inconsistent Indianapolis Colts’ offense.
On Wednesday morning, the Colts placed starting right tackle Denzelle Good on injured reserve.
It was a surprising move considering Good played every snap in the Week One loss and was not singled out as an injured player when Chuck Pagano met the media on Monday.
Pagano said on Wednesday that Good suffered a torn ligament in his wrist, which needed surgery. Good will be “out a while” according to Pagano, making him a likely candidate to return from injured reserve later in the season.
Good tweeted on Tuesday night “won’t be long,” which is another indicator that he will be an injured reserve candidate to return later this year. But going on injured reserve means Good will still miss at least the next eight weeks.
The Colts now have lost their starting quarterback, center, right tackle and No. 2 tight end to significant injuries in 2017.
With Good, who was very sound in his start at right tackle last Sunday, now out, the Colts have fill-in candidates already on the roster.
Second-year players Le’Raven Clark and Joe Haeg both have experience at right tackle before. In fact, Clark was the expected team’s starting right tackle coming into 2017, before a poor preseason demoted him.
But the O-line injuries don't stop at Good. Pagano said that LT-Anthony Castonzo and C-Deyshawn Bond are the only locked in starters for Week Two. Left guard Jeremy Vujnovich will be limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to an ankle injury he suffered last Sunday. At right guard, the Colts had Jack Mewhort in for 80 percent of the game on Sunday, with Haeg also seeing some time at RG.
Wednesday’s corresponding roster move saw the Colts re-sign inside linebacker Sean Spence.
This move comes with the Colts having injuries to starting ILB-Antonio Morrison (elbow) and ILB-Anthony Walker (hamstring). Pagano listed Morrison and Walker at "day-to-day" with both missing Wednesday's practice.
Spence spent the 2017 preseason with the Colts and has starting experience before in the NFL.