After a dominating performance on Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts front office was sent scrambling on Monday. Two players won’t be playing for the team anytime soon.
Safety LaRon Landry has been suspended for four games due to a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs policy. Wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was cut from the team after a DUI arrest early this morning.
Rogers was pulled over at 3:35 AM and had a blood alcohol between .08 and .15. Cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy was a passenger in the car at the time of arrest.
Rogers has yet to play for the Colts this season and has been a healthy inactive for the past four weeks. Coach Chuck Pagano stated in his press conference that he was released for “conduct detrimental to the team” which could be a problem as the current labor agreement prevents player from being released for that reason.
Landry’s suspension is somewhat less surprising. Jokes have been made for a long time about Landry’s physique as the man is all muscle. The NFL did not release the specifics of his suspension but he won’t be allowed at the team facility until October 27th (the next four games).
The Colts might miss Rogers from a purely depth perspective, but Landry’s loss is much more concerning. The Colts were thin at safety to begin the season and have now lost two potential starters (with Delano Howell on IR).
Some reaction to the Landry news:
The Colts will have to face the Ravens, Texans, Bengals, and Steelers without Landry. His counterpart, Mike Adams, has played very well this season. There are some options at free agent (Chris Clemons) but the Colts will have to make a move soon.