The Indianapolis Colts receiving corps took a blow Thursday afternoon. Promising young wide receiver Daurice Fountain suffered a “significant ankle injury” according to head coach Frank Reich.
Fountain was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 draft, and was having an impressive training camp until this point. Unfortunately, his season is likely over. Fountain fell to the ground on a non-contact play and eventually was carted off the field.
“He’s had a great camp,” Reich said. “He’s worked extremely hard and looked extremely good.
“You never wanna lose a guy,” Reich continued. “You just don’t want to lose a guy, and then to an injury like this, it’s just unfortunate. But, you know, we’ll just support him in every way we can.”
#Colts WR Reece Fountain, who has recently impressed but was carted off today, suffered a dislocated and fractured ankle, source said. He’ll likely have surgery right away. A bad situation for a good, young player.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 15, 2019
In the team’s first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, The second year receiver notched 5 catches for 63 yards, and was one of the true bright spots on the team. However, at this point - that does not matter. Fountain was taken to the hospital immediately where surgery on his dislocated and fractured ankle is expected to happen soon.
Scary injury here during Colts-Browns practice: WR Reece Fountain went down in serious pain, and was screaming. Looks to be a leg. Won’t speculate on severity, but Chris Ballard, Frank Reich and trainers looking at him. Awful, awful moment.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 15, 2019
This unfortunate news shows how quickly the game of football can be given, and taken away from a player. Fountain looked like he was well on his way into becoming a staple of the Colts offense. Now, he will be working on recovering from a gruesome injury.