The Colts played their first game in the the preseason on Thursday night, but the game took its toll. The Colts will be without several players for awhile, including one gone for the entire season.
Coach Frank Reich announced yesterday that several players suffered injuries during the first preseason game on Thursday night. Some of them will be out a few weeks, while one young player is out of the season.
Marlon Mack left Thursday’s game with a hamstring injury. He is now listed as week-to-week. Hamstrings are always scary, especially with a running back. The Colts need Mack to be healthy to have a fully effective offense, so look for the Colts to take it slow with him and not rush him back.
The backup running back to Mack also is injured. Robert Turbin has an ankle injury that also leaves him week-to-week. This hurts simply because of the lack of depth during the preseason. He is also out the first four games of the regular season because of a suspension, so the preseason was going to be a good time for him to be tuned up.
The most devastating injury of the bunch is Deon Cain. He is out for the season with a torn ACL. That is a huge blow for the team, as Cain was having a really good camp and figured to be a big part of this new look Colts offense.
Indianapolis can only hope that they can avoid the injury bug moving forward. Injuries derailed the team’s hopes last season, so the key for them is to stay healthy. They need to protect their key players at all costs moving forward during the rest of the preseason.
Hopefully the team can move forward with the players they have and continue to prepare for the regular season injury free.