Colts: Anthony Walker Clears Concussion Protocol from OTA injury

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 23: Cornerback Anthony Levine #41 of the Baltimore Ravens and inside linebacker Jeremiah George #59 of the Indianapolis Colts try to recover a blocked punt in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 23: Cornerback Anthony Levine #41 of the Baltimore Ravens and inside linebacker Jeremiah George #59 of the Indianapolis Colts try to recover a blocked punt in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Colts linebacker Anthony Walker suffered a concussion following a collision during this year’s minicamp, but he has since been cleared by the concussion protocol.

The Colts’ second year linebacker Anthony Walker has an opportunity to seize one of the starting spots in defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus’ new 4-3 scheme.

However, Walker had a fairly disappointing rookie year after being drafted in the fifth round with 8 tackles in 10 games, including his first two NFL starts.

The Colts are expecting a big jump in Walker’s performance as he gets ready to begin his second season in Indianapolis.

That sort of improvement begins in the offseason, and unfortunately Walker had to miss the final days of minicamp with a concussion that was serious enough for him to be carted off the field.

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Walker tweeted that he’s “All Clear” with a thumbs up emoji to emphasize that he is back to full health.

In Walker’s absence, the Colts were able to take a close look at a couple of other players that will be competing for a starting linebacker spot.

Free agent acquisition Tyrell Adams got plenty of first team reps with Walker on the sidelines, and he may come into training camp at the top of the linebacker depth chart.

Rookie linebacker Zaire Franklin also got some work with the starters while Walker and fellow rookie Darius Leonard were out with an injury.

Walker will still have all of training camp to prove he should be in the starting lineup come September. For now, let’s just be content that he’s healthy and ready to get back to work.