Colts head coach Chuck Pagano announced some tragic news this morning to the media - that defensive lineman Montori Hughes is currently away from the team on extended leave after the passing of his three-month daughter, Maveah Alice Hughes.
"I can't imagine," Pagano said. "No parent should have to bury a child. We all go through circumstances. This is obviously an extremely, extremely difficult time for Montori and his family. But we've got his back, and we'll get through this thing as a family like we get through anything.''
Pagano said that Maveah, the daughter of Hughes and his girlfriend, was fine when she visited training camp but then suddenly became ill and passed away a week ago.
Obviously, this is incredibly sad news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Hughes and his family. It's tragic news, and football pales in comparison to the truly important things of life. We don't know when Hughes will be back with the team, but we know that the fifth round draft pick a year ago who is the team's backup nose tackle should have a spot when he gets back, and now isn't the time to talk about what this means for the Colts on the football field. First of all, it's just preseason, but secondly, football really doesn't matter compared to this.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Montori Hughes and his girlfriend.