And so it continues.
The Colts’ linebacking core already took a hit when rotational inside linebacker A.J. Edds tore his ACL earlier this offseason.
Now, the linebackers are hit with two more blows.
First, Scott Lutrus joins Edds and G/T Benjamin Ijalana with a season ending ACL tear. Lutrus may or may not have made the team, but any time you lose an asset for the season, especially at a position where one depth player has already been lost, it’s concerning.
But the more critical blow is Pat Angerer’s injury: a fractured bone in his foot. Angerer will require surgery and likely miss about six weeks, including the three or four weeks of the regular season.
Angerer is a quickly developing player, and one that I, and many Colts fans, had high hopes for this season. He is a key cog in the transition to a 3-4, and will be sorely missed for the first few weeks of the regular season.
Jerrell Freeman, Moise Fokou, Greg Lloyd, and Mario Harvey will all be in contention for the spot, although Freeman seems to have the early lead on it. Coach Pagano said today that the team will also keep an eye on the waiver wire, and free agents such as Gary Brackett may be an option as well (UPDATE: The reporters misheard Pagano, who said Brackett was NOT an option).
Offensive guard Mike McGlynn also has a high ankle sprain (varying amount of time dependent on degree of injury, up to six weeks is possible), and running backs Delone Carter and Mewelde Moore have rib issues (should just be day-to-day).
Seth Olsen should get more reps with McGlynn sitting, and rookie RB Vick Ballard may get a chance to shine in the next couple of days in place of Carter/Moore.