There was some good news for the Colts on the injury front today, as they got some players back who had been held out with minor injuries. Kemoko Turay, Tyreek Burwell, and Deyshawn Bond all were participants in today’s practice.
Kemoko Turay appears to be back today. Light day coming up. We’ll see how much he participates. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 16, 2018
Deyshawn Bond and Tyreek Burwell have returned to practice. Big for the OL, which has had to cover for depth issues for weeks. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 16, 2018
Turay, the Colts 52nd pick, is expected to be an important part of the rotation at defensive end and is a guy Chris Ballard has spoken very highly of. They believe he can have a serious impact on the pass rush, but he has missed time with a knee injury.
The Colts desperately need to improve in the pass rush over last season, and while they have seen some early positives from their defensive line, getting their rookie second round pick on the field will be good for him, and if he can contribute early, great for the Colts.
Bond and Burwell are both likely depth players, but with several minor injuries along the offensive line, having competent depth at multiple positions is a big deal. Bond started 4 games last season at center and played reasonably well before a quad injury landed him on IR. Having him there as a backup raises the level of offensive line depth significantly in the interior.
Burwell getting healthy is good because right now there is such a thin group at tackle that they can use anyone they can get. The right tackle position is far from set, and he could very well compete to start there, or at worst, provide much needed depth.
For young players who need the opportunity to prove themselves, getting back from injury and getting on the field is critical. Hopefully we will get a chance to see guys like Tyquan Lewis and Anthony Castonzo back in action soon as well.