Last night, Colts starting left guard Jack Mewhort suffered a knee injury that was reported after the game to be a torn ACL. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport was the first one to report that the Colts believed Mewhort tore his ACL, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder both confirmed that the Colts feared a torn ACL.
The Colts caught a massive break, however, as owner Jim Irsay tweeted this afternoon that the initial test results on Mewhort indicated that he doesn’t need surgery and will be out 2-4 weeks.
Mewhort 2-4 weeks/No Surgery(Initial test results); plenty of work to do for this new Coaching Staff and new infusion of Player additions!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 28, 2016
That’s the best possible scenario for the Colts given the circumstances, as reports indicated that it was a season-ending injury for the team’s best offensive lineman. Instead, while he’ll miss some time, he should be back in a few weeks. He’ll probably miss a few games in the regular season, but it’s a far better scenario than anyone could have thought just a few hours ago.
The Colts have enough problems up front without having to worry about replacing their starting left guard for the season, as the unit as a whole did not do well on Saturday night. The Colts will need to work on getting better up front, and it’s a lot easier to do that when Mewhort is healthy enough to play this year. Though he’ll probably be week-to-week, this is better than anyone could have imagined for Jack Mewhort after last night’s reports.