As Collin wrote about yesterday (via Reservations For Six), the Colts have signed cornerback Mike Richardson, formerly of the Chiefs. Matt Grecco is happy because Richardson is a Notre Dame alumn, but others are worried that the signing of Richardson means doom and gloom for Kelvin Hayden.
Hayden is Indy's $43 million dollar corner that, like other over-priced DBs on the Colts roster, once again can't stay on the field. Hayden hasn't played a full NFL season since 2007, which was his first as a starter. Since then, he's averaged 10 games a season. The irony here is that, this season, even when Hayden was on the field he hasn't played well. Prior to getting placed on IR, Jerraud Powers was the Colts' true #1 corner, while (in my humble opinion) Justin Tryon has outplayed Hayden and Jacob Lacey. It's also worth noting that since Hayden went down during the blowout loss to the Chargers, the Colts have gone 3-1 and been much better in their run defense.
But, even though Hayden is injury prone and playing like dogmeat in 2010 when he isn't nursing some sort of ailment, losing him for the season would indeed be yet another big blow.
Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz was on Dan Dakich's show for 1070 The Fan yesterday, and on air he said he expects the Colts to IR Hayden. Hayden did not make the trip with the team to Oakland, and did not practice much last week prior to the Raiders game. He did practice leading up to the Jaguars game, but did not suit up. This suggests he had some kind of setback.
However, though Hayden's status is not certain, to our knowledge he was not IRed to make room for Richardson. David Pender, a corner from Purdue who was promoted from the practice squad back on Dec. 8th, was cut according to NFL Draft Scout.
So, until we hear otherwise, let's hope our oft-injured, overpaid corner is not done for 2010, because as annoying as Kelvin Hayden's play has been in 2010, the reality is the Colts need him to make any kind of serious playoff push.