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Joe Reitz Suffers High Ankle Sprain; OL Depth Not Looking Very Deep

Yes, another Colts lineman got injured tonight, this time valuable backup Joe Reitz.

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In what is seemingly become regular news for the Colts, they suffered another injury to an offensive lineman tonight against the Bengals.  Left tackle Joe Reitz went down with a left ankle injury, and x-rays have shown that it is a high ankle sprain.

Reitz went down on the field, then walked gingerly off to the sideline.  He was then carted back to the locker room, where an x-ray showed the injury.  A high ankle sprain, obviously, isn't good, and typically you're looking at a recovery time of around 4-6 weeks.  With the regular season just over a week away, well, do the math and you can tell that he will likely miss some time when it actually matters.

Reitz is actually a valuable player to the Colts.  He's the second team left tackle (starting there tonight with the first teamers getting the night off) but he's also a backup guard, and he's much better at guard than at tackle.  Actually, at guard, Reitz is a pretty good player.  The biggest downside with him is that he has struggled to stay healthy, and he's now injured again.

This is an even bigger problem when considering that another key depth guy, Xavier Nixon, is recovering from a knee scope and probably won't be back by the start of the regular season either.  And then we all know that starting center Khaled Holmes has been out for much of the preseason and while the hope is that he'll be back in time for the season opener, we're just not sure yet.

In other words - THE COLTS DON'T HAVE MUCH DEPTH AT ALL ALONG THE OFFENSIVE LINE RIGHT NOW.  LIKE, AT ALL.  Lance Louis is a good depth guy.  So is Jonotthan Harrison.  Other than that, there's really not much.  I would be shocked if the Colts don't look at the waiver wire this weekend and sign a couple of linemen who were cut by other teams.  I would be shocked if they don't, as they need depth linemen right now.

Oh, and not that any of you would ask, but here's why I don't think the Colts should (or will) bring in a certain lineman named Richie Incognito.  I'm sure you weren't going to ask that, but I saved you the trouble by linking to that article anyway.  You're welcome.