Colts punter Pat McAfee was noticeably absent from practice today, as he was nowhere to be seen during the special teams drills and wasn’t hanging out with fellow specialists Adam Vinatieri and Matt Overton.
The update from the team after practice was that McAfee missed practice due to an illness, though no other details were provided. McAfee provided those details himself, however, as he tweeted out tonight that he has had a migraine and the flu but that he’ll be back at practice tomorrow.
Temp was 101 yesterday.. 2 day migraine.. Puked a few times.. Flu is no fun.. Our docs are taking of me.. I'll be killin balls again 2morrow— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 28, 2016
It stinks that McAfee is sick, as having the flu sucks, but the good news is that it’s not a long-term injury or something more serious. He expects to be back at practice tomorrow, even though he very easily could sit out if he wanted to and have an off day Saturday too. Friday will be the first day in full pads, however, so McAfee might want to get out there and participate with his teammates. He was booming some punts yesterday, as he had one punt go into another drill (because he kicked it too far).
With so many “injuries” that have occurred during the first two days of Colts camp - the four guys on the PUP/NFI lists, the four guys cramping yesterday, T.J. Green’s strain, Sio Moore’s toe, and then today with Hugh Thornton and Curt Maggitt leaving early - it’s nice to hear that Pat McAfee’s absence wasn’t for anything serious. The Colts can’t afford to lose their all-pro punter who is one of the very best special teams players in the NFL, as he also doubles as the Colts’ kickoff specialist and field goal holder. It sounds like he should be back out at practice, but even if not it doesn’t sound serious. Hopefully McAfee can get healthy soon and continue to be a phenomenal punter for Indianapolis.