Second-year defensive end, Kwity Paye, has returned to practice for the Indianapolis Colts and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
After going down with an ankle injury in Week 5, defensive end Kwity Paye missed the next three games for the Indianapolis Colts. Paye is now back in practice as Indy prepares for its Week 9 matchup with the New England Patriots. After a limited practice on Wednesday, Paye took the field for a full practice on Thursday. Presumably, Paye will have another full practice on Friday and the team will see if he’s ready to go for Sunday’s game.
Since he has been out a few weeks, there’s no guarantee that he plays even after a week of practice. However, it’s clear that Paye’s return is near and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Colts. In Week 8, Indianapolis lost defensive lineman, Tyquan Lewis, for the remainder of the season with a ruptured patella tendon. With Lewis out, the defensive line would be very light if Kwity Paye isn’t able to go.
Kwity Paye returns to the Colts
Prior to his injury, Paye was Indy’s most consistent edge rusher. In five games, Kwity already had three sacks, 16 tackles, five tackles for a loss, and five quarterback hits. He was already closing in on his rookie year stats of four sacks, 32 tackles, three tackles for a loss, and 10 quarterback hits in 15 games. This jump in production was a shock to no one.
All offseason, Kwity Paye was consistently named as one of the players expected to have a big second-year breakout. That was appearing to be the case before his ankle injury. Hopefully, Paye will be able to rejoin the Colts lineup on Sunday and resume his productive season. Indy’s defense has already been dominant this season and Paye can return to contribute and help the team get after the quarterback.