The offseason is a time for many things for NFL players, and one of the most important and helpful things is taking care of injuries. There are plenty of players who use the offseason to take care of some lingering issues, and several Colts players are in that group.
There isn't much special teams work in the offseason program, so while we've noticed the injuries to other players, we haven't heard of the injury to punter Pat McAfee.
"Well, I had surgery like six weeks ago, I think seven weeks ago, on my left knee," McAfee told 1070 the Fan's JMV today. "They cleaned it up. The first couple weeks of rehab were a little tough, but now I'm on the back end of it right now. I'm something at like 85, 90 percent right now, so by the time training camp comes around I'll be humming, 100 percent, and I can't wait for that day."
McAfee later added that the procedure prevented him from doing a lot this offseason, so he's looking forward to getting to training camp.
"Yeah, I'm excited. I can't wait," McAfee said. Like I said, after getting my knee cleaned up a little bit and I couldn't really do any physical activity and doing rehab literally every single day for the last two months, I'm excited to just get healthy, 100 percent healthy where I'm almost at, and then just get up there and start banging balls, man. We all play the game for the season, the offseason's fun to build up the camraderie but any time you get into the training camp you know you're about to try to attempt to make a Super Bowl run and that's what we're here for, that's what it's all about. The fans deserve it, and I think next year's the year where we gotta make a run because last year was quite an underwhelming season."
The injury doesn't sound serious or like something that will cause him to miss time in training camp or beyond, but it's worth noting that the team's punter had surgery this offseason on his knee. Again, it's not uncommon for players to undergo offseason procedures, but it's something to pay attention to when they do.
McAfee is an important part of the Colts' roster and is arguably the best at his position in the entire NFL. In 2014 he was named first-team All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl, while in 2015 he averaged 47.7 yards per punt and had 28 punts pinned inside the 20 yard line. In addition to punting, McAfee also doubles as the Colts' field goal holder and kickoff specialist, doing an excellent job at both of those as well. It's important for him to stay healthy, and if this offseason procedure helps him to do so then that's a good thing.