The 2015 NFL season was a year marked by notable injuries for the Indianapolis Colts, particularly to quarterback Andrew Luck (who missed nine games with various injuries). After Luck, however, the biggest injury very well may have been the torn ACL suffered by rookie defensive end Henry Anderson in week nine.
It was a very significant loss for the Colts, as prior to the injury Anderson had been one of the team's best defenders. Many Colts fans are looking forward to his return for the 2016 season, and the defensive end provided Colts.com's Kevin Bowen with an update on his rehab recently.
"I feel good," Anderson said. "We haven't gotten into specific 'return to play' dates yet but everything is ahead of schedule so far. My knee feels awesome."
That's encouraging news from the Colts' promising young standout, though he acknowledged that there's still not a specific timetable as to when he may return. It's possible that he won't be a full-go by the start of the regular season, though that's simply speculation at this point as we wait and see how Anderson progresses in his recovery. His recent update, however, suggests that he's ahead of schedule, so that can only mean good news at this point.
Anderson started his first nine games for the Colts as a rookie out of Stanford last year before suffering the torn ACL, recording 31 tackles, a sack, and two passes defensed. He was a disruptive force in the trenches for the Colts, particularly in the run game, and helped an improved defensive line become one of the better defensive units for the team. The hope is that he will be able to build on the success from his rookie season and continue to improve despite the injury in 2015.