Last week, Chuck Pagano mentioned during the Colts Town Hall meeting that defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway was on the mend.
That caught many people by surprise because we didn’t know of any injury issue, and so with today being the first time Pagano held a press conference since that statement a week ago, he was asked about Ridgeway.
Pagano explained that Ridgeway had shoulder surgery done this offseason. “He’s fine. He’ll be fine,” Pagano said. “He had a procedure done, came in after the season and something was bothering him, so we looked into it, dug a little bit deeper, and had a procedure done.”
Asked whether Ridgeway will be back for training camp, Pagano said, “He’ll be ready.”
Ridgeway is coming off of a rookie season in which he played in all 16 games and started five of them, recording 21 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a pass defensed. He can at times feel like the forgotten man when discussing the defensive line this offseason, but he’s a guy who could have a much bigger role in his sophomore season. He gained some valuable experience last year and has promise, and even though the Colts appear to have some nice talent and depth up front defensively, Ridgeway could very well work his way into the mix. In order to do that, however, he’ll need to be healthy, so it’s good news that he’s expected back in time for training camp.