2016 starting defensive tackle Kendall Langford has failed his physical, and was subsequently released by the Colts.
Kendall Langford and Henry Anderson were slated to be the two starting defensive tackles last season, but both of their years ended with an injury. Langford was only available for the year’s first seven games, and Anderson was forced to miss five games.
Langford had been an extremely durable player for his first eight NFL seasons, but complications from a preseason knee scope limited him and eventually ended his season in 2016.
Langford was shut down for the year at the end of October, and he was forced to undergo knee surgery again this June.
He missed the entirety of OTA’s and minicamp, and hasn’t been on the field yet during training camp.
It has been reported that Langford failed his physical due to his knee problems, and the Colts cleared a roster spot by cutting him.
With bad knees at age 31, Langford could be looking at a career-ending injury. He was expected to be activated from the PUP list for the regular season, but it looks like the prognosis on his knee is worse than Indianapolis anticipated.
The Colts immediately made use of that new roster spot by signing running back George Winn.
After playing in 19 games for the Lions over the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Winn has been bouncing around various NFL teams trying to make another 53-man roster.
The Colts’ running back position is extremely competitive and Winn won’t play much in their backfield, but he could provide some pop on special teams.
Injuries have unfortunately been the prevailing theme of Colts training camp so far, and they now find themselves without a key player from last season’s roster.