Thursday morning, the Indianapolis Colts received devastating news when they learned that starting free safety Julian Blackmon will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles. Blackmon sustained the injury in practice on Wednesday and underwent testing to determine the severity.
This adds to a string of tough injury news for Indianapolis, after learning on Monday that wide receiver Parris Campbell will miss an extended period of time after suffering a significant foot injury.
The news couldn’t have come at a worse time for the 2-4 Colts, who have struggled in the secondary to start the season. Battling minor injuries as a unit, the Colts defense looked as if it was turning the corner on Sunday after a 31-3 victory over the Houston Texans, forcing three turnovers in the game.
When the news was announced, many across the Colts community took to social media to share their well wishes. One person of note was Blackmon’s teammate and fellow defensive back Kenny Moore, who kept things simple, letting Blackmon know that the team will play in his honor as he works his way back for 2022.
Kenny Moore let Julian Blackmon know that he has his back.
For Moore and the remaining Colts players who will take the field, things will be especially tough without Blackmon. This is a secondary that’s giving up 255.5 passing yards per game, good for 20th in the league, having just allowed Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens to pass for 437 yards two weeks ago.
Forget the stats, though. Blackmon brings energy to this defense at the third level after Darius Leonard and DeForest Buckner. His big hits, relentless effort and flashy celebrations all play a role in maintaining that intangible element of the game.
Indianapolis is already enduring an uphill battle, and it just got tougher, but Moore letting Blackmon know the Colts are going to dig deeper for him is at least a positive sign of motivation.