After Saturday night’s performance, the Indianapolis Colts have serious questions along their offensive line. They may have a much bigger one now, however, as according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Colts starting left guard Jack Mewhort is believed to have suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season.
#Colts G Jack Mewhort, a key cog on their OL, is believed to have torn his ACL, source said. An Andrew Luck bodyguard done for the season— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 28, 2016
Obviously, this is a major blow for the Colts and their offensive line, as Mewhort is the team’s best lineman. He was injured late in the first half, and the team gave an update after halftime that he had suffered a knee injury. Because it’s preseason it was impossible to tell the severity of the injury early, but obviously it now sounds like it’s a serious injury.
The Colts will now need to find a replacement at left guard, perhaps the spot they previously could have felt most comfortable about. Mewhort has made 30 starts over the past two years since being drafted in the second round, and he has emerged into a very good guard.
It’s unclear what the Colts will do at the position to replace Mewhort, as the top candidates - Joe Haeg and Hugh Thornton - are both currently week-to-week as they are sidelined with injuries as well. It likely would have been Haeg getting the first opportunity to step in, but since he’s injured (and since Thornton is also injured) it could be Jonotthan Harrison filling in. It’s all speculation at this point, but the bottom line is that this isn’t a good scenario whatsoever for the Colts.