So much for getting healthier during the mini-bye week. The Colts have placed another playmaker on IR, ending his season. Eric Ebron is done.
The Colts are running out of players that can win matchups. They are already without Parris Campbell, Devin Funchess, Marlon Mack, and just got T.Y. Hilton back. Now they lose another guy who can make plays in Eric Ebron, who has to get surgery on both ankles.
Ebron has had a very up and down season. He has struggled with drops all year long and hasn’t been the same kind of red zone threat that he was last season. In fact, his season ends with only three touchdown catches. That’s a far cry from the 13 he had last season.
He does get credit for trying to fight through these injuries. According to reports, he needs surgery on both of his ankles. That has to be pretty painful. He knew that the team needed some playmakers out on the field, and he had to try to be out there for that reason.
With that being said, the ankle injuries don’t excuse some of the drops he had. The ball hits his hands not his ankles. The drops were in critical situations sometimes that killed drives. That’s part of the reason Jacoby Brissett stopped looking his way as often.
This injury is just the latest in a series of blows the Colts have had to deal with this season. It started before the season with Andrew Luck and just have not stopped coming. It’s up to them to keep fighting and replace what they have lost.
That won’t be easy. Expect to see more Mo Alie-Cox. Ross Travis has also been called up to the active roster. Jack Doyle should get more targets as well. But it will once again have to be a collective effort to make up for the lost production Ebron can bring.
Ebron’s future with the team is up in the air. He is a free agent at the end of the year, and it’s unclear whether or not he fits into the vision Chris Ballard has for the future of this team. He could have played his last snap for the Indianapolis Colts.