On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they sent cornerback Rashaan Melvin to injured reserve. The injury to Melvin took place when the Colts cornerback intercepted a Marcus Mariota pass and held his hand in pain. After being examined, it was determined that Melvin had dislocated a bone in his hand, costing him the final six games of the season.
Placing Melvin on injured reserve adds to an injury ravaged season for the Colts. The Colts have now placed 17 players on injured reserve — by far the most during the Chuck Pagano era.
Melvin joins the likes of Andrew Luck, John Simon, Henry Anderson, Ryan Kelly, Malik Hooker, Pierre Desir, Deyshawn Bond, Brandon Williams, Jon Bostic, Quan Bray, Robert Turbin, Jack Mewhort, Krishawn Hogan, Erik Swoope and others.
Melvin and rookie Malik Hooker are leading the Colts in interceptions with 3 a piece. Melvin's picks came after not recording a prior interception in his entire NFL career. Due to injuries to Vontae Davis and spectacular play, Melvin ascended into the Colts number one cornerback position and never relented that title. Melvin finished the season with 30 tackles, 13 pass deflections, and three interceptions.
After signing with Drew Rosenhaus yesterday, Melvin will be looking for a big payday in the offseason. Whether or not the Colts are the ones who are willing to dish out the big bucks is still to be determined.