The Colts' put pads on this afternoon, and the result was more injuries. With several players already sitting out with lingering ailments, this news is significantly more important than most training camp notes.
Before we get to injuries and their impact, a few roster moves were made today.
First, former Army lieutenant Josh McNary finally joined the team, passing his physical and moving onto the active roster. To make room for McNary the Colts cut undrafted free agent C.O. Prime.
Fortunately for Prime (or Optimus, if you prefer), nose tackle Brandon McKinney would be placed on injured reserve later in the day, and the Colts rescinded the release of Prime (something I've never actually seen done before).
It's McKinney's second straight year on injured reserve, and one has to think that after turning 30 in August and being nearly three years removed from football, McKinney's career has a slim chance of resuming on the football field. It certainly should end his run with the Colts, which never really began. While it's tough to blame a situation like this on anybody, the reality is that the signing of McKinney has been a disaster, as the career backup never once saw the field for Indianapolis.
For Prime, it's been quite the roller-coaster. Fortunately for him, he now has a second chance to prove coaches wrong and earn a spot. On the other hand, he knows that he's currently the first in line for cuts.
Other injuries that occurred today:
C Khaled Holmes (right ankle)
LB Scott Lutrus (knee)
S Sergio Brown (hamstring)
The only concerning one was Holmes, who had to be carted off the field with his right foot heavily wrapped. Holmes' right ankle gave him issues during his senior season at USC, and many claimed that his level of play was severely affected by it in 2012. If it's going to continually give the rookie problems as a pro, the Colts will have to lean on Samson Satele far more than most fans desire.
As for Lutrus and Brown, both are fighting for roster spots, and injuries are merely an opportunity for the next guy to fill their spots. I don't project either making the final roster currently anyway, but every missed practice hurts their chances even more.