The Indianapolis Colts lost two key defensive starters during Sunday's huge win over the Denver Broncos, as safety Mike Adams and defensive end Henry Anderson left the game with injuries and didn't return.
The news on Anderson isn't good, as the Colts placed him on season-ending injured reserve this morning with a torn ACL. He's a player the Colts couldn't afford to lose, and now they'll face a tough task in trying to replace the promising rookie. It looks like they might have avoided another key loss, however, as it sounds like Mike Adams will be ok.
Chuck Pagano said after the game that Adams suffered an ankle injury and would undergo an MRI on Sunday (which was a lot more optimistic than his statements on Anderson), and the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder reports that Adams' "outlook is good" and, quoting an NFL source, said "he's fine."
If that is true and Adams' injury isn't serious, that would be great news for the Colts, and Adams would have a bye week to recover before the Colts take the field against the Atlanta Falcons in two weeks.
Adams suffered the injury in the most Mike Adams way possible - while intercepting a pass off of a deflection. He has mastered the art of being in the right place at the right time, and he was again on Sunday. In the second quarter, a Peyton Manning pass was tipped, Mike Adams grabbed it, and then as he was attempting to run with it fell to the turf. It initially didn't look good for Adams, who was helped off the field by some teammates. He remained on the sideline, however, and at points was up and walking around. He eventually went back to the locker room, and he didn't return to the game after the injury.
He has intercepted five passes this season, tied for the most in the NFL - one year after tying for the league lead in takeaways. Since joining the Colts (in 2014), Adams has more interceptions than any player in the league (10). He has been a steadying force in the secondary for the team, starting all but one game this year and recording 40 tackles to go along with his five picks (one returned for a touchdown) and six passes defensed. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week earlier this year after a two-interception performance against the Texans.
If Adams does miss any time, Colt Anderson would likely be able to step in and fill the void. Anderson is a veteran who replaced Adams in the starting lineup earlier this year when Adams missed due to injury, and he was the one who entered the game on Sunday in relief of Adams. Anderson is a big contributor on special teams, but he also provides the depth to be able to fill in when an injury happens. With that said, though, it's still not good news if Adams has to miss any time, so this is a promising report indicating that perhaps it's not a serious injury.