Colts Authority’s Laura “Dr. Blue” Calaway breaks down the season-ending injury to linebacker Philip Wheeler, and its 2012 implications.
In the Colts’ December 11 game against the Ravens, Philip Wheeler suffered an unspecified right leg/foot injury, requiring assistance to get off the field. He was eventually carted into the locker room, and hasn’t practiced or played in a game since then. On December 28, the Colts placed Philip Wheeler on injured reserve, ending his season with 48 solo tackles, 37 assisted and 1 sack.
In the week shortly after Wheeler was injured, Coach Jim Caldwell had been fairly certain he wouldn’t practice, indicating that the injury was serious. However, the fact that Wheeler had been kept on the active roster for 2 weeks before being put on IR suggests that there was an outside chance he could heal by the end of the season. That could point to a soft tissue injury (or perhaps a “minor” fracture). I expect to see Wheeler healed and ready to go by the time OTAs begin… the question will be in whose camp Wheeler plays.