The Colts offensive line is beginning to look more like normal today, with Anthony Castonzo being removed from the Non-Football Injury list. His return means that we will get a look at the full starting offensive line unit as it currently stands.
T Anthony Castonzo has passed his physical and has been removed from the Non-Football Injury List. pic.twitter.com/jSVgRGp6uU— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 1, 2018
Castonzo had suffered a mild hamstring injury during a workout and hasn’t been able to participate in the Colts’ training camp so far, which has left the tackle position looking a little bit haphazard.
To make matters worse, Austin Howard and Denzelle Good also spent time on the NFI list before returning. However, getting both Howard and Castonzo back to get some reps together early in week two of training camp will be a big indicator of what we can expect from this starting offensive line unit.
The running backs are one of the more exciting groups on the roster, and the defensive line has got a lot of potential as well, but both are much harder to evaluate without the presence of a consistent group of starting level talent on the offensive line. Castonzo has been perhaps the most consistent and reliable member of the Colts line in the Andrew Luck era, and despite getting a lot of grief from fans, is generally a very good left tackle.
It is great to see a vastly improved offensive line group all together, and this morning’s practice, which is in full pads, will tell us a lot about whether that improvement is real or imagined.