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NFL 2019: Injury rash has Colts searching for answers
Andrew Lucks most recent snap with the starting offense came in January.Adam Vinatieri, the NFLs career scoring leader, missed Indys first two preseason games with an injured knee. All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson missed all of last week with a sore ankle and starting defensive end Jabaal Sheard hasnt practiced since early August because of a problematic knee Bruce Anderson Jersey.So far, the Colts have managed to adapt. But with the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers quickly approaching, coach Frank Reich needs answers. By the end of the third preseason game I think you just have to know something. Youve got to be able to make a call, a move and move on from there, Reich said last week. Whether were full speed with Andrew after that third preseason game or, at that point, are we going to go with Jacoby It appears the Colts may finally have turned the corner on Lucks lower left leg injury.General manager Chris Ballard said Lucks rehab routine changed last week when doctors determined the lingering pain came from the front, not the back between the calf and ankle.On Saturday, he was on the field for pregame warmups his first open workout since July 28.If Luck keeps progressing, then the questions will turn into how soon can he playWe wont as an organization put any player out there that cant perform at a high level, Ballard said. Im not going to put players at risk. So if we feel comfortable, Frank and I and our staff feel comfortable that he can play Indianapolis Colts Limited Jerseys, then hell play.Reich has said repeatedly he will use Lucks input to determine when he can go.Even if Luck doesnt start the opener, the Colts insist this season wont be a repeat of 2017 when they won four games and missed the playoffs for the third straight year. They believe in Brissett , who started 15 games that season, and they have a stronger supporting cast.But, of course, with Luck, the Colts would be a legitimate title contender.I dont know if he is going to be ready or not , Reich said. Well see.GREAT EXPECTATIONS Theres a direct correlation to Lucks health and Indys success. In the four seasons hes been healthy, the Colts made the playoffs. In the three seasons he fought off injuries, the Colts missed the postseason.And if the reigning Comeback Player of the Year stays healthy in 2019, the Colts will be favored to win the AFC South. But the Colts understand they have to play better with or without their franchise quarterback.I know we all want him to have the full-go reps, but we as an entire group have to really focus on getting better ourselves each and every day, offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said. As they get better, Andrew will play better. I think were still growing. I think we can be where we want to be Game 1 even without Andrew practicing right now.LINING UP Two rookies, Nelson at left guard and Braden Smith at right tackle, coupled with the return of center Ryan Kelly and the emergence of right guard Mark Glowinski, helped one of the leagues worst offensive lines in 2017 become a top-five line last season. With all five starters back, the group has a new goal producing a top-five rushing offense.So far, with Nelson and Kelly battling injuries and left tackle Anthony Castonzo taking extra days off, the line hasnt looked the same.We need to be better, Castonzo said after losing a preseason game at Buffalo. I think its just going to come down to the fundamentals, getting back to doing the things youve been doing since you were 10 years old hands inside, moving your feet and just playing better football.LEONARDS ENCORE What does linebacker Darius Leonard do for an encore after leading the league in tackles and being chosen an All-Pro as a rookieAchieve higher goals.I wasnt named MVP, I wasnt a Super Bowl champion and I wasnt a Pro Bowler, Leonard said. So there are still goals I didnt reach last year.Leonard believes better fundamentals will help him reduce the number of missed tackles and hopes to create more turnovers.DEPTH CHART Despite Sheards injury, the Colts have beefed up their pass rush by singing 2014 NFL sacks champion Justin Houston.The most notable change defensively might be a deep secondary, loaded with talent.Recently re-signed cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore II and second-round draft Rock Ya-Sin Indianapolis Colts Authentic Jerseys, an emerging playmaker, could help the Colts become a top-10 defense.
13.10.2020 09:18
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