Last week, we speculated that, based on reports as to the nature of Anthony Gonzalez's injury (high ankle sprain) and the well-documented knowledge that Gonzo is a notoriously slow healer, we Colts fans should not expect the team's fourth wide receiver back and practicing until after the bye week (Oct. 24th).
Today, courtesy of the Indy Star, our speculation was confirmed:
Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez hasn't had an ankle injury since he was a high school freshman, so he's flying somewhat blind with the high, right ankle sprain suffered when he was tackled during the Sept. 12 season opener at Houston.
"They're saying four to six (weeks)," Gonzalez said. "I obviously hope to be on the short end of that. Everything I'm doing is designed to get back as soon as possible.
"The doctors and trainers tell me I'm ahead of schedule."
If he's out four weeks, he could return for the Oct. 17 game at Washington. The Colts' bye week is Oct. 24.
Based on last year's song and dance relating to Gonzo and his knee, if the Colts get him back at all for the 2010 season, I'll be shocked. Even if they do, it's doubtful he will see much playing time. Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie are cemented in their respective receiving roles. The Colts also have pass catching tight ends Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme.