Yesterday there were a few injury situations worth monitoring in practice for the Colts, but none of them turned out to be serious.
We already knew that Pat McAfee missed practice due to an illness, and he added some further details last night by explaining that it was the flu and that he would be back punting on Friday.
Head coach Chuck Pagano updated the others today in his press conference. Outside linebacker Curt Maggitt, who was taken to the trainer’s tent before being carted to the locker room, tweaked an ankle in individual drills early in practice. Maggitt is listed as day-to-day. Guard Hugh Thornton, who had his right ankle wrapped at one point in practice yesterday, is simply being worked back slowly after missing the offseason program due to injury.
“We’re monitoring him,” Pagano said of Thornton. “We’re monitoring, making sure that we keep the pitch count on him.”
That’s good news for the Colts who, though they’ve had several players in the trainer’s tent, have yet to suffer a serious injury. Obviously Clayton Geathers is week-to-week with a foot injury and Henry Anderson is still recovering from a torn ACL, but the injury news out of training camp has so far been positive. It’s perhaps especially good news that Curt Maggitt’s injury isn’t likely to cause him to miss much time (probably just a few days), as the Colts need young pass rushers to develop in camp. Maggitt is as promising as any of them, and with a healthy training camp he could make a push for a roster spot. It’s important for him to stay on the field, then, so the fact that his ankle injury isn’t that serious is a positive sign for him and for the Colts.
It’s also good that Hugh Thornton didn’t suffer another injury but that it was simply precautionary, as so far he appears to be the Colts’ first-team right guard. The team is limiting his reps and working him back slowly, but regardless of whether you think Thornton is the best fit there or not it’s good to have as much competition as possible.