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Colts to place WR Reece Fountain on IR

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NFL: AUG 11 Colts Training Camp Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In a move that was expected, the Colts have decided to place second year wide receiver Reece Fountain on injured reserve ending his 2019 season after a brutal dislocated and broken ankle which took place on the last day of training camp.

Fountain was drafted in the fifth round with pick 159 in the 2018 draft, and spent most of the season on the practice squad before working his way onto the active roster by season’s end. His 2019 off-season was one of immense growth, making himself a standout receiver in practice who consistently made highlight catches and showed how far he had come from his arrival with the team as a rookie.

There was never any doubt about Fountain’s athleticism, his pro day numbers would have compared favorably or better with any receiver in the 2018 class. All he lacked was refinement, coming out of Northern Iowa.

His trajectory over the off-season showed that Fountain was willing to put in the work to improve, and coaches and players raved about him as a worker and a teammate. Frank Reich mentioned him early in the off-season as a player who had shown incredible improvement as a route runner.

Given his consistent camp and game production, Fountain almost certainly had made a case that he deserved a roster spot, and his loss is a blow to the receiver depth chart. He will start a tough road to recovery and hope to continue building on his progress from this off-season once the 2020 season begins.