The Indianapolis Colts today announced that they have waived-injured offensive lineman Ben Ijalana and signed offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe.
Ijalana was injured in Sunday's practice, and it was revealed yesterday that he suffered a torn ACL. Last year's second round pick appeared in four games last year before tearing his left ACL, the same one he tore this year. It is very unfortunate for Ijalana, but there is no use sugar coating it: Ijalana is a bust. It is not his fault, nor the fault of the Colts management from a year ago, but the truth is that if a player cannot stay healthy he is a bust. Before his second year, he has been waived.
Now a big clarification to make is that he was not simply waived, he was waived/injured. That means that he is waived, but if no team claims him he goes back to the Colts and will be placed on injured reserve.
The player the Colts signed to take Ijalana's spot on the roster is offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe (which may indicate that they were planning on Ijalana playing tackle). Nsekhe is a 6-8, 325 pound lineman who has spent the past three years in the Arena Football League, most recently playing for the San Antonio Talons. He played in college at Texas State. Nsekhe will have an uphill climb to make the roster, but with the lack of depth along the offensive line, he is not just a camp body.
The big story here, though, is Ijalana. He will have played in only four games through two years, and if he is even on the Colts roster at this point next year it would be a surprise. By no fault of his own, just due to injuries, Ben Ijalana clearly seems like a bust.