INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 4: Chandler Harnish #8 of the Indianapolis Colts participates during a rookie minicamp at the team facility on May 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Yesterday evening (while I was out celebrating my wife's birthday) the Colts and Jim Irsay decided to announce that they had signed four of the ten players they selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Running back Vick Ballard of Mississippi State, wide receiver LaVon Brazill of Ohio University, outside linebacker Tim Fugger of Vanderbilt, and quarterback Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois all agreed to terms with the Colts.
All four players were drafted in the third day.
The other news to come out of OTAs is that Harnish (who was the "Mr. Irrelevant" pick in the draft) is hurt. He was seen on the sidelines of practice yesterday nursing a sore knee, his leg wrapped. The timetable for his return is estimated at 2-3 weeks. Drew Stanton and Trevor Vittatoe handled all the QB duties.
It's likely the injury to Harnish happened during this most recent series of OTAs. He had no such visible knee problems at the rookie camp two weeks ago.
Now, while not catastrophic, it is worth noting that with Harnish hurt, this means both rookie QBs for the Colts were, essentially, MIA for the first install camp of the offseason. OTAs are when offensive coaches install their systems, and it is an absolutely critical time for young players to learn those systems. Andrew Luck, also known as "the other rookie QB," will miss all of Indy's OTAs this month. He is still finishing up his school requirements at Stanford. Griff Whalen is also there doing the same.
When the June OTAs roll around, it seems Whalen, Harnish, and Luck will have a lot of catching up to do.