Colts defensive lineman Kendall Langford has been around the team this offseason but so far hasn’t taken the field, as he’s been rehabbing from a knee injury that cut his 2015 season short.
Langford has previously said that he hopes to be back for training camp, and he said today that it’s still the goal. According to FOX59’s Mike Chappell, Langford today said that he has had “no setbacks,” then proceeding to knock on wood.
He was originally injured in training camp last year, suffering a chondral defect that required a knee scope by Dr. James Andrews. He missed the remainder of training camp and the preseason, but returned in time for the regular season. It quickly became evident that he wasn’t quite right, however, as he was far less effective than he was in 2015. So after seven games, the Colts shut him down for the year and wound up placing him on IR. Now he’s still rehabbing the injury trying to get back in time for training camp.
It would be a huge boost for the Colts to get Langford back healthy this season, just like it would be huge to get Henry Anderson back at 100% for a full season. The defensive line has the potential to be a good unit, with Langford, Anderson, and new free agent signing Johnathan Hankins among the more notable names but with others, like Hassan Ridgeway, also on the roster. A lot of that success depends on health, however, and Kendall Langford’s offseason is consisting of rehab trying to get back to 100%. Hopefully he’s right and he’ll be back by training camp, which would be a very good sign for the Colts.