With just under 2 minutes to go in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Eric Foster’s right leg got caught awkwardly under fellow defensive lineman Tyler Brayton and he suffered a sickening injury that left his foot pointed in the wrong direction. The injury was so gruesome that I won’t post a video or link to the video, but I know it exists if you’re interested. Reports from the sideline were that Foster suffered a dislocated ankle, though based on the replay it looked like he may have also broken his tibia. Buccaneers and Colts medical staff were on the field quickly to put his lower leg in an air cast and cart him off the field. Foster pumped his fists and yelled at the defense to keep fighting. Treatment for the dislocated ankle would be to “reduce” it (read: re-locate it) back to its joint, a brutal procedure that may be done under anesthesia if Foster also needed surgery. You can also expect that surgical pins and screws will be used to stabilize the joint while it heals, which can take up to 6 months. Recovery will also depend on the amount of soft tissue / ligament damage. Treatment for a broken tibia, if required, is easier to predict. The surgeon would reset the bone, cast the leg and Foster would wait 6 weeks for the bone to heal. We’ll update this story as we hear more, but in the meantime expect that Foster will be placed on season-ending injured reserve and DT Ollie Ogbu will be called up from the practice squad.
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