Colts: Some Key Players Have Missed Significant Practice Time
It is way too early to worry about offseason injury issues, but a few of the Colts’ players are worth monitoring as we get closer to August and September.
It’s been difficult for Colts fans to get much information about their new-look team over the past month or so.
Reporters aren’t given a ton of access to offseason activities, and the coaching staff has been very tight-lipped, especially regarding injuries.
Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star took note of some players that have missed significant practice time this Spring.
That list of players includes rookie linebacker Darius Leonard, safety Clayton Geathers, cornerback Quincy Wilson, running back Marlon Mack, and tight end Erik Swoope.
We don’t really know what’s keeping the second round rookie linebacker from practicing this offseason. The Colts haven’t explained any injury that he might have, so we’ll have to wait a little longer for some sort of update on Leonard.
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Clayton Geathers was activated for the last few games of 2017 after missing much of the year with a neck injury.
It’s unclear whether that neck injury is related to his absence from practice for much of this offseason.
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Quincy Wilson was in and out of the lineup last season due to a combination of injuries and some self-admitted issues with his work ethic, but he played a lot over the Colts’ final five games of the year.
Again, we don’t know why Wilson has been missing time this offseason.
We do know a bit about why Marlon Mack has been sidelined this Spring.
Mack underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum that he had been playing with during his rookie year.
When news of Mack’s surgery came out, general manager Chris Ballard said that the second-year running back should be ready for training camp, but he’ll be out for minicamp and OTA’s.
Hopefully that recovery timetable is accurate and Mack will be healthy by late July.
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Erik Swoope had knee surgery last August and never returned to the field in 2017.
The team initially said Swoope had undergone a simple knee scope surgery, but his absence for the entire season suggested that it was more serious than that.
With Swoope continuing to be sidelined this Spring, his injury issues have become very concerning.