Just like I said in Nate Dunlevy’s Inside Slant yesterday, the Colts just can’t seem to break the injury curse that has been haunting the souls of Colts’ fans for the last ten years. Every year it seems like injuries decimate the team, whether it’s a key player (such as Bob Sanders in 2006 or 2008, or Freeney in the 2007/2009 playoffs), and it doesn’t look like this season is going to be any different.
Yesterday, head coach Chuck Pagano informed the media that Austin Collie did, in fact, sustain a concussion on Sunday night against the Steelers. He also informed them that Cory Redding’s injury was a mild MCL sprain, and will likely cause him to be out for a week or so.
This is Austin Collie’s third (or fourth, if you believe that he sustained one against New England in 2010) concussion in less than three years. If it wasn’t for those nasty hits in 2010, the hit from Sunday likely wouldn’t have caused a concussion, and if it did, it really wouldn’t be nearly as concerning. However, with the scary situation in 2010, Collie seriously needs to consider his future. This head trauma could have serious long term implications for his health, which comes way before his football career. Nate Dunlevy has a great perspective on Collie’s life and the importance of his health for more reading.
As for Cory Redding, his MCL sprain just adds on to his last mild injury, causing him to once agains miss practice time and preseason action. The 10-year veteran is one of the key leaders on this defense and one of the few that has a successful background in Chuck Pagano’s defense. He needs to be healthy for this defense to even be somewhat effective this season (Ricardo Mathews is a decent rotational guy, but not a good full-time starter).
Coach Pagano did have some good news, mentioning that OLB Robert Mathis is “fine” after leaving the game early on Sunday.
The only injury that will really affect the roster cutdowns that come next week is Austin Collie’s head injury. Collie’s uncertainty long term will likely cause the Colts to keep at least a couple younger receivers on the roster as insurance for the group. One of the benefactors is Donnie Avery. With Avery’s injury during training camp, he was looking at a good chance at being cut. Rookie receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill have had impressive camps, and young upstarts Kris Adams, Quan Cosby, and now Griff Whalen are all making strong cases to make the roster. But, with Collie now out, Avery’s experience in the NFL (marred by injury as it may be) will be valued on the receiving core. Griff Whalen is a guy who would benefit as well, as he seems to have the makings of a decent slot receiver.