On Monday it was announced that the Indianapolis Colts starting cornerback and second-year man out of Pittsburgh State, Dallis Flowers, will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2023 season with an achilles injury.
Flowers had been elevated as the team's starting corner alongside fellow 2022 UDFA Darrell Baker Jr. ahead of the season. He proved to be a servicable starter in his four games in 2023, putting up a 70.6 coverage grade, but the aforementioned Achilles injury will shut down his promising campaign.
The injury took place in Indy’s Week 4 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. As soon as Flowers moved for the start of a play, he fell to the ground and grabbed his ankle. Considering the non-contact nature of the injury, and the fact that Flowers couldn’t put any weight on the injured leg, everyone assumed it was an Achilles injury and that was confirmed on Monday.
Dallis Flowers will miss the rest of the 2023 season with an Achilles injury
The already youthfully thin Colts cornerback room is now dwindling with Flowers heading to season-ending IR, providing opportunity for another rookie to start and/or a free agent to fill the void that is depth concerns.
Jaylon Jones, the 21-year-old rookie out of Texas A&M, is slotted as the next man up. He will likely fight for the open starting role with Baker Jr. who quickly lost his job to rookie JuJu Brents, after an uninspiring start to the season. Jones filled in for Flowers toward the end of the Rams game, so look for him to get some run moving forward with confidence in Baker Jr. already at a low point.
Jones had an impressive offseason and camp heading into the year, securing an opening-day roster spot over fellow 2023 Colts’ draftee Darius Rush. Now's the time for Jones to prove Chris Ballard right in his decision.