Indianapolis Colts Cornerback Rashaan Melvin Out Indefinitely
Colts cornerback Rashaan Melvin is out indefinitely with a “significant” hand injury.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that cornerback Rashaan Melvin suffered a “significant” hand injury during the game against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday and is “probably going to be out” for the Colts upcoming game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Melvin sustained the injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game when he made a terrific break on the ball and intercepted a Marcus Mariota pass. Shadowing Titans’ wide receiver Harry Douglas on the play, Melvin dove in front of the intended receiver and picked the ball off just before it hit the turf.
The interception was reviewed and upheld. The Colts would convert the ensuing drive into points when kicker Adam Vinatieri knocked through a 28-yard field goal to knot the game at 6.
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Melvin exited the game after that play and never returned. Having his best season as a professional, Melvin’s presence will be sorely miss in the Indianapolis defensive backfield. Melvin has 36 tackles, 13 passes defended and 3 interceptions on the season.
Kenny Moore II, the rookie out of Valdosta State, filled in after Melvin’s injury and did an admirable job. Moore has been active for every Colts game this season, but he received more playing against the Titans than he’s seen all year.
With Melvin sidelined for at least Sunday’s contest at Jacksonville, will the Colts look to activate 2017 second-round draft choice Quincy Wilson? The rookie from the University of Florida hasn’t seen the field since the Colts’ game on September 17th against the Arizona Cardinals.
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One thing is for sure, Melvin has been the unquestioned MVP of the Colts defensive backfield this season and Indianapolis fans will want to see him back on the field as soon as possible.