Colts training camp has been littered with injuries, and another key player went down during Thursday’s practice.
This year’s training camp began with two starters being placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Andrew Luck‘s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery hasn’t gone as well as they hoped, and there is a possibility he will miss time in the regular season.
The Colts are also being cautious with Clayton Geathers‘ return from a neck injury, and they’ve already ruled him out for the year’s first six games.
The heart and center (literally) of this Colts offensive line was added to the injury report on Thursday. Ryan Kelly will reportedly miss some time after suffering a foot injury in Thursday’s joint practice with the Detroit Lions ahead of their preseason game on Sunday.
Mike Chappell reports that Kelly could be sidelined for up to three weeks with this foot injury. Chappell’s source says that Kelly is lucky that it wasn’t a more severe injury.
Kelly left practice on crutches, but if the three week timetable is correct, he should be back for Week 1 against the Rams.
Unfortunately, the Colts’ backup center is also on the PUP list.
Indianapolis signed former Titans center Brian Schwenke this offseason to provide some versatile depth along the offensive line.
The Titans decided to let him go after he suffered some serious ankle injuries, and he’s know having trouble getting 100% healthy.
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The Colts will enter their first preseason game without their top two centers, which will cause some shuffling along the O-line.
The only other center on the roster is Deyshawn Bond, who has not played a single NFL game. Bond will likely be forced into action with the first-team offense against the Lions on Sunday.
If the reports about Kelly’s ankle are true, it looks like the Colts dodged a bullet with this injury.