INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 27: DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball while defended by Pat Angerer #51 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Every year it seems one position on the Colts roster gets utterly and completely decimated with injuries. In 2012, it looks like inside linebacker is the target area. Two days after training camp started, reserve inside backer A.J. Edds was lost for the year with a knee injury. Today, the medical report came in following the Colts preseason win over the Rams on Sunday.
It wasn't good.
Losing Angerer for six weeks is huge. He's the team's starting inside backer, and one of the better run-stuffers. Lutrus was Angerer's back-up after Edds went down. This means that, in the span of three weeks, the Colts have lost Angerer, his back-up, and his back-up's back-up.
Other injury news:
— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) August 13, 2012
#Colts (cont) G mike McGlynn high ankle sprain. RBs carter and Moore with rib issues.
That's not great news for the offensive line, but at least it isn't season-shattering. With Ben Ijalana done for the year, the Colts cannot afford to lose any more interior guards. McGlynn is a very vocal leader along an offensive line that was completely rebuilt this offseason.
The positives in all this involve more playing time and opportunities for players like Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd. Both players were traded to Indianapolis last week via the Philadelphia Eagles. Jerrell Freeman and Mario Addison will also get more snaps. Both Fokou and Freeman looked good in the preseason win over the Rams.
Also, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano did not rule out re-signing a familiar face to patrol the middle for his defense.
Personally, I'm not sure if Brackett has anything left. No one has shown interest in him since the Colts cut him loose back in March. He's also undersized for a 3-4 inside backer.
Look for Ryan Grigson to sign a player off waivers first before ringing up Gary's cell.