The Colts were dealt a tough blow earlier this week, learning about several injuries that players sustained in the preseason opener. This is how it will affect the team moving forward.
After the Colts played their first preseason game on Thursday night, they had to assess the damage that they had endured. There were a few key players who went down with injuries that will affect the team moving forward. This is how they are going to have to deal with them.
Marlon Mack will be out a few weeks with a hamstring. The Colt will undoubtedly take a very over-cautious approach with him. They want to make sure he is healthy for the regular season. It wouldn’t be surprising to not see him the rest of the preseason just to be on the safe side.
Part of the reason they will be so cautious with Mack is because the backup Robert Turbin is also week-to-week with an ankle injury. Losing Turbin decreases the depth the Colts have for the preseason. Expect to see a lot more Christine Michael, as well as Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.
The biggest blow is losing Deon Cain for the season to a torn ACL. Losing him means more time for K.J. Brent and possibly Zach Pascal as the fourth receiver. It also means that Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers will have to pick up the potential lost production.
It will be interesting to see how Frank Reich approaches the rest of the preseason. He needs to keep his players healthy, but also needs to make sure they don’t have rust going into the regular season. He should play the starters minimally going forward in the preseason.
Injuries are a part of football. Every team has to deal with them. It’s how a team responds that separates a good team from a bad team.