NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that Colts defensive lineman Henry Anderson will be placed on the injured reserve due to a laryngeal fracture, which he suffered in Houston on Sunday. This loss will be a big blow to a defensive line that has continued to show signs of putting something special together in 2017.
It was reported following that game that Anderson was barely able to talk and had played through the injury. For those who are not familiar with a laryngeal fracture, Medscape has a pretty in depth breakdown of the injury, causes, and symptoms. While we do no know the severity of Anderson’s injury, it is likely that it will take weeks of medical therapy or weeks to recover from surgical repair if it is required. For a quick idea, think of a partially crushed or fractured trachea. That is not 100 percent accurate, but it would not be pleasant and can lead to lifelong complications if it is not properly treated.
At just past the halfway point of his season, Anderson has put together 22 total tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 7 quarterback hits, 1 forced fumble, and one blocked field goal. Over the last two weeks in particular, he looked like a player who was finally back to 100 percent after a late season ACL tear ended his rookie season. The best news for Colts fans and and Anderson’s future is that the injury that he suffered should not impact his ability to return to football and pick up where he left off.
We wish Anderson the very best in his treatment and hope that he is able to fully recover from his injury and that he does not have lifelong symptoms. Once we know that has happened, we wish him the best for a speedy return to the field.
Confirming @AdamSchefter report: Henry Anderson's season is over, and the team will move him to IR.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) November 9, 2017
Really unlucky blow for a guy who had just started to come into his own after his ACL tear in 2015.
Can confirm Henry Anderson headed for IR with the injury. Truly sucks for Colts 2105 third-round pick. Was playing at pre-ACL injury level— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) November 9, 2017