The Indianapolis Colts today made a significant roster move, placing defensive end Kendall Langford on season-ending injured reserve. To fill Langford’s spot on the roster, the team promoted cornerback Christopher Milton to the 53-man roster.
Langford has missed the past two games and was already ruled out for this week too, and a few weeks ago the Colts made it clear that they were going to shut him down for a bit to let him fully recover from his knee injury. He originally suffered the knee injury in training camp and missed significant time after having it scoped, but was back in time for the regular season opener. He played in the first seven games of the season but was clearly not the same player as he was a year ago as he was still dealing with the injury and wasn’t 100%, so the Colts decided to shut him down to let him get healthy. Now, it just turns out he’ll miss the rest of the year. So after not having missed a single game in his career prior to this year, he’ll miss the final nine games of the season. He’s a very good player when healthy, but the problem this year has been that he hasn’t been healthy.
In his place, the Colts will rely on the defensive line depth that they have, as Henry Anderson, David Parry, Zach Kerr, T.Y. McGill, Art Jones, and Hassan Ridgeway still make up a pretty good group up front. The key there could be Anderson getting fully healthy too (he’ll make his return this Sunday after missing the past few games), as he’s another guy who’s been impacted by injuries this year. If he’s healthy and playing like he was last year, though, the Colts’ defensive line should still be pretty good - especially with the emergence of Zach Kerr, who’s having a very good season and has been the team’s best defensive lineman this year.
To fill Langford’s spot on the roster, the team promoted cornerback Christopher Milton, who was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent this spring out of Georgia Tech. He was waived after training camp and has been on the practice squad for the entire season. The signing likely means that Patrick Robinson will miss Sunday’s game against the Titans, but that should come as zero surprise since he’s listed as doubtful.