According to The Athletic’s Zak Keefer, a team source indicated that Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell is presumably out for the season—as it would take ‘a minor miracle’ for him to return on the field at this point:
The Colts at this point believe WR Parris Campbell is done for the year, and would need "a minor miracle" to return, per source. Campbell had an impressive Week 1 before suffering a MCL injury on the second offensive snap of the second game of the season.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) December 2, 2020
Of course, the writing has unfortunately been on the wall for a few weeks for the Colts 2nd-year wide receiver, who can’t seemingly catch a break in the injury department.
There’s been no encouraging update on his ongoing recovery and knee rehabilitation—which a return may have been a longshot to begin with, and the remaining weeks of the Colts season have continued to get shorter.
The 2019 second round pick of the Colts was poised for a potential breakout season in the slot for the Colts’ revamped offense—as a dynamic down-the-field threat.
Having already battled through a number of injuries in his rookie campaign that limited his overall effectiveness and availability, Campbell suffered a season-ending PCL injury in his knee in Week 2 of the 2020 season—after a vicious hit, and was declared out indefinitely.
Campbell has flashed his blazing fast speed and playmaking ability with the ball in his hands at times, but he’ll end the year with just 6 receptions for 71 receiving yards in 2 starts.
It’s too early to declare Campbell a bust quite yet, but his increasing injury history and durability concerns continue to hinder his ability to potentially break out for the Colts.
Certainly frustrating Colts fans is that there are a number of fellow 2nd-year wide receivers drafted relatively right around Campbell in 2019—namely A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, and D.K. Metcalf, all of whom appear to be blossoming into bonafide superstars at the NFL’s wide receiver position—where the Colts could use another consistent big play threat.
Here’s hoping for a full recovery for Campbell though, and that his 3rd-year ‘will be a charm’ for finally showing Colts fans what he’s completely capable of on the field for a whole year during 2021.