Colts News Roundup: Dorsett Back at Practice, Swoope Out
While the Colts get one player healthy and back on the practice field, they’re forced to sideline another.
Phillip Dorsett is in the midst of a tight position battle for the third spot on the wide receiver depth chart, but he’s been on the sidelines for the last 10+ days with a hamstring injury.
Dorsett struggled with another hamstring injury earlier in the offseason that forced him to miss all of the Colts’ minicamp.
He needs all the reps he can get to convince the new Indianapolis front office that he’s worth keeping on the roster.
Dorsett has fallen on the Colts’ depth chart, but he can make up some ground with impressive performances during the rest of the preseason.
While Dorsett rejoins the team, tight end Erik Swoope will have to miss some time as he recovers from knee surgery.
Swoope underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, which forced him to miss the team’s first preseason game last Sunday.
With Dwayne Allen‘s departure this offseason, Swoope was expected to take on a much larger role in the offense in 2017.
Swoope made some plays deep down the field last season as he averaged nearly 20 yards per catch on his 15 receptions. He’s a former basketball player and a dynamic athlete, but he’s currently week-to-week, and his status for Week 1 is questionable.
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If Swoope is forced to miss any significant time, Jack Doyle will take on an even larger role in the offense.
Tight end Brandon Williams was a rare bright spot in last weekend’s preseason loss to the Lions, and he could step in as the new backup TE in Swoope’s place.
The Colts will be happy to see a possible weapon return to the field in Dorsett, but the loss of Swoope negates their excitement.