A new addition to Chuck Pagano’s injury update this morning was defensive lineman Zach Kerr, who is now week-to-week with an ankle injury.
Pagano said that, “unfortunately, there was a little bit more than we anticipated” with the injury, so he’ll be out for a little while. We don’t know for sure how long that will be, but with the Colts a week-to-week designation almost always means that the player will miss time, so it’s almost a certainty that Kerr will miss at least this Sunday’s game against the Texans.
That’s a really big loss, as Kerr has been playing well to start this season and has been seeing a lot of reps as the team works Henry Anderson back slowly. Kerr has played in all five games and started three this year, and he has recorded eleven tackles, 1.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, and three tackles for loss this year, ranking second on the team in sacks, tied for second in quarterback hits, and tied for first in tackles for loss.
In Kerr’s absence, the Colts will likely need to rely on Henry Anderson more, and Pagano today said that he’s “getting better” and will continue to have his reps increased. But even after that, it’s likely that the team will count on Hassan Ridgeway, T.Y. McGill, and Art Jones more than they otherwise would have too with Kerr out. It’s a tough blow for the Colts’ defensive line to lose a guy that was playing well, but they have depth at the position.
In other injury news, cornerback Darius Butler’s finger surgery went well and was uneventful, so he was back in the building today and is day-to-day. Cornerback Patrick Robinson is also day-to-day with knee and groin injuries, so those two injury situations in the secondary are ones to watch this week.