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Kendall Langford says a week one return is “very, very realistic”

NFL: Preseason-Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today Colts fans received some very good news: defensive lineman Henry Anderson has been activated off of the PUP list, meaning he’s now able to practice with the team.

It’s a major step in the recovery process for Anderson, who may very well be able to return for the Colts’ week one game against the Detroit Lions. That would be huge, and it would also be big if fellow defensive lineman Kendall Langford could return for the game as well.

Langford is recovering from a knee injury that required a scope during training camp, and while head coach Chuck Pagano said today that Langford is doing well he declined to give an updated timetable for the defensive lineman’s return. Langford was more willing to give a timeline, however, as he told the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer that a return for week one is “very, very realistic.”

It’s not unusual for a player to be optimistic about his return date, so it’s important to keep that in mind when reading Langford’s comment. But then again, the original timeline of 3-4 weeks would put him back just before the regular season opener, so it’s not an unrealistic goal either. It would be huge for the Colts to get Langford back in time for their first game, as he proved to be one of the team’s best defensive players a year ago. Langford has also never missed a game in his NFL career, having played in 128 in a row to begin his career - a streak I’m sure he’d like to keep active.