Heavy Hefting Hagler Hurts Himself

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Adam Schefter dropped a (relatively unimportant, but eventful because there's nothing else to talk about during the off-season) bombshell on NFL.com (HT: borninblue) today regarding our favorite linebacker with a first name that kind of sounds like an Asian island:

In Indianapolis, Colts starting linebacker Tyjuan Hagler suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights last week.

Hagler now is expected to be sidelined at least two months, meaning he will miss training camp and could be out for the Colts' Sunday night regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears.

Needless to say, that's the last time they're letting Hunter Smith be a spotter for Hagler.*

As both Schefter and Naptown's Finest mention, this injury sets up an interesting battle in training camp for Hagler's spot, with Clint Session and Philip Wheeler being the two players most likely to fill the void or possibly even replace Hagler depending on how well they perform in camp.  If Dungy values diving interceptions off of player's back as much as I do, Session will be holding down the fort until Hagler returns.

But that's just my two cents, fell free to use this nifty poll to voice your opinion.

* - Hunter wasn't actually Hagler's spotter when he was injured.  If Hunter was spotting, Tyjuan would've torn a lot more than his pectoral muscle.

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