Over the weekend, the Colts made a few moves and released some information on their most recent injuries. While we’ve been focused on breaking down the first fresh film we’ve had available in months, it’s time to get caught up on all the Colts’ roster tweaks.
The two injuries to occur on the offensive line on Thursday included a sprained ankle for Khaled Holmes and a broken ankle for rookie tackle Ulrick John.
Chuck Pagano expects Holmes’ injury to take 2-3 weeks of recovery, giving Holmes the potential to be ready for the opener in Denver. John, however, could be out for significant time. The Colts have yet to decide, but with John’s raw potential and Grigson’s expressed desire to train him for a year before throwing him into the fire, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see John hit the injured reserve soon.
Other injury updates on the offensive line include Xavier Nixon, who had surgery this weekend to “clean up” his meniscus in his knee. Pagano estimated three weeks on Nixon’s return, giving him a good chance to make the final roster and be ready for either the first or second week of the regular season.
The other notable injury from Thursday’d preseason game was Daniel Adongo’s bicep injury. Adongo left the game with his arm in a sling, and was waived/injured on Friday, along with Jeris Pendleton, who suffered a knee injury against the Jets.
Both Pendleton and Adongo will pass through waivers, and if unclaimed will revert to the Colts’ Injured Reserve list.
It’s a sad situation for both players. But while Adongo has gotten the media attention, it’s the loss of Pendleton that will most affect the team. Adongo was still a long shot to make the roster as an OLB, while Pendleton was clearly the fourth defensive end after Ricky Jean Francois. Losing Pendleton is a blow to the defensive line, which is a deep group but has now lost two key reserves in Pendleton and Fili Moala.
Other injury updates: Linebackers Josh McNary and Andrew Jackson continued to miss practice on Sunday, while Kelvin Sheppard iced throughout most of the day. Delano Howell sat out with a sore neck (notable due to the neck injury that ended his season last year) while Cam Johnson also sat. Jack Mewhort missed part of practice for precautionary reasons, while Nu’Keese Richardson left midway through practice.
After sending Pendleton and Adongo to waivers and waiving G Chad Anderson, the Colts had three roster spots open at the end of last week.
The team filled those spots by signing center Thomas Austin, who was on the Colts’ practice squad last year; guard Marcus Hall, who was signed by the Colts as a UDFA earlier this year before being released in June; and WR Nu’Keese Richardson, who was signed by the Colts last Sunday but cut just two days later.
Richardson is the only one who really has a chance at making an impact, due to his returning ability, but all three are likely camp bodies.
The Colts also waived CB Brandon Burton from IR with an injury settlement, wiping his contract from their cap space.