INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01: Anthony Gonzalez #11 of Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball while defended by Eugene Wilson #26 of the Houston Texans during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Yesterday, Anthony Gonzalez and Mike Hart were not made available to the media. Naturally, this peeked the interest of people like 1070 The Fan's JMV, because usually players who are injured and will not be able to play in the next game are not available for media access.
JMV decided to follow up on this with ESPN's John Clayton, who was a guest on his afternoon radio show. Clayton's news was not good. When asked if Colts fans should be concerned about the injury situation regarding Gonzo and Hart, Clayton answered:
Definitely. I think they're going to be both out for some time. I don't know how long Hart's going to be out, but I think Gonzo's going to be out for a lengthy period of time.
Clayton then started elaborating on the current state of the Colts roster:
I think it's very scary. The injury situation may be as bad as the Colts have ever experienced. I mean, it's really getting scary. And at some point, it's going to get to the point where it's going to get hard to hold on. They've just got to get better luck.
You all know my feelings about Gonzo. While Clayton agrees with most of us that Bernard Pollard is a cheap shot artist who will most certainly be targeted by the league office (have fun with the rest of your career, schmucktard), Gonzo is simply not physically tough enough to play in the NFL. We see players like Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, and Dallas Clark take cheap shots all the time. But despite the hits and shots, those players got back up and fought through the injuries.
Gonzo is unable to do that, and this most recent injury has Clayton speculating that Gonzo's career is in jeopardy:
I'm very worried about Gonzo right now and I'm definitely worried about Hart, but more worried about Gonzo than Hart.
Clayton also stated that there is a 'decent chance' Gonzo is done for 2010. It breaks your heart to see a good guy like Gonzo go down like this, but pro football is a bottom line business. Injured players are useless players, and for two seasons Gonzo has been pretty much useless to this organization. With Dallas Clark done for 2010, this was Gonzo's time to step up, to prove he was durable and talented enough to make a difference in the NFL. So far, he's failed.