The interior of the Bears defensive line must be liking their chops. Colts starting offensive guard Joe Reitz did not travel with the team to Chicago for tomorrow's season opener. Seth Olsen, a third year player from Iowa, will take his spot.
The left guard position has been a revolving door for the Colts since Chuck Pagano was hired as head coach. It seemed initially slated for 2011 second round pick Ben Ijalana, but the Colts placed Ijalana on waivers just as training camp began before finally designating him on the injured reserve list. The thought is the organization has given up on ijalana as players the front office wants to retain are hardly ever subjected to waivers, especially if those players were drafted so high.
After Ijalana was IRed, Jeff Linkenbach was slotted in at LG, but he lost out to Reitz in preseason. Now, Reitz is out, and in comes Olson.
Olson struggled in preseason, especially with pass blocking. Look for the Bears front four to run stunts, looking to create mismatches that Olson will struggle with. It could be a long day for rookie Andrew Luck.