Because Simon was placed on the non-football-related injury list and not the injured reserved (IR) list, the Colts did not have to pay Simon the rest of his base salary for 2006. Simon and his union filed a grievance against the Colts trying to recover this money, but they don't have a leg to stand on. Simon's illness is what is prevented him from playing. The illness is non-football-related. Therefore, the Colts are not responsible to pay Simon in 2006. Simon has already pocketed $11 million in guaranteed money when the Colts signed him in 2005.
Despite the grievance, Simon has stayed with the team. He frequented the sidelines during the season, coaching and helping his defensive line mates. He was present at the AFC Championship Game against New England (according to Pro Football Weekly), celebrating with teammates. He did not go with the team to the Super Bowl.
After a rollercoaster season of questions regarding his health, the acquisition of Booger McFarland, and the fact that the Colts won the Super Bowl without him, the big question is still will Corey Simon play again?
Simon is still under contract for 2007. So, right now, he is still on the Colts roster and is expected to perform all of the necessary tasks required during the off-season: weight training, mini-camps, etc. Unless the Colts cut him, and take a big cap hit, Simon will be a Colt next season. The Colt that seems to know Simon the best, Montae Reagor, is himself battling to return from injury. If you've seen Reagor's face, the car accident really messed him up. Breaking your orbital bone disfigures you for a period of time. It can heal, and signs show Montae is healing nicely, but right now he looks like Frankenstein.
The Colts have a lot of cap money dedicated to their d-line. As it stands now, the Colts will have Booger McFarland, Corey Simon, Montae Reagor, Raheem Brock, Darrell Reid, and Dan Klecko for their DT rotations. If this stands, the Colts might move Brock back to DE and cut someone like Bo Schobel.
If both Simon and Reagor come back healthy in 2007, the Colts defense is scary good and the chances of repeating look very, very good.