Just one day after their first preseason game, the Colts have gotten some tough news. Rookie wide receiver Deon Cain suffered a torn ACL and his season is over.
#Colts WR Deon Cain, a surprise standout during training camp after being taken in the 6th round, has suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season, per coach Frank Reich. RB Marlon Mack is week to week with a hamstring.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 10, 2018
This is obviously devastating news for Cain, who has truly been a bright spot in training camp and had a chance to earn a significant role in a receiver group that doesn’t have a ton of established playmakers. It isn’t immediately clear when in the game he sustained the injury.
Cain was quickly gaining hype around the Colts organization as a guy who could be a dynamic playmaker and a steal in the 6th round, with many assigning him a 2nd or 3rd round grade in the lead up to the draft. His athleticism and tendency toward highlight reel catches in practice, as well as his genial personality has quickly endeared him to fans and coaches alike.
The loss of Cain likely opens a door for another of the bubble receivers like K.J. Brent, Zach Pascal, or Kasen Williams to move into a roster spot and be a part of the Colts passing game in a more significant way. It also means more pressure on Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant to succeed. Additionally, there is a pretty good chance Chris Ballard will be on the hunt for another reliable receiving threat to add through free agency.
It is a lousy situation, and hopefully Cain recovers quickly and is back and ready to go to work to start the 2019 season.