Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich had his weekly conference call Monday with the media and gave several updates.
Frank Reich confirms Le'Raven Clark has an Achilles injury and is out for the season. "Obviously, that's a big loss." #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) December 7, 2020
Colts head coach Frank Reich confirmed that offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark, who injured his ankle in the Texans game and was carted off, has an achilles injury and will be out for the rest of the season. Losing Clark is a huge as he was the Colts primary back up offensive tackle and he had been filling in for the injured Anthony Castonzo.
Reich adds that third-string LT Chaz Green has been dealing with a back injury, but made some progress last week.— Olivia Ray (@OliviaRayWISH) December 7, 2020
He said, "He's the next man up and I thought Chaz held his own." https://t.co/BYEsGZvr2N
So who steps in to replace the injured Le’Raven Clark? Well Frank Reich said that third string offensive tackle Chaz Green is the next man up. Reich said he thought Green held his own against the Texans defensive line on Sunday. Green did allow 2 sacks and a bunch of pressures during the game. Green himself isn’t fully 100% healthy after he missed two practices last week and was QUESTIONABLE for the Texans game due to a back injury. Green went from third down the depth chart to starting left tackle in a matter of two games.
Chaz Green is the next man up at LT.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) December 7, 2020
Reich says the Colts are in the process of getting another OL in the building, doesn't commit to the options if Green or Smith were to go down with an injury.
#Colts have begun the process of adding another offensive lineman to the roster. Complicated in COVID era. Any player has to clear a six-day waiting period before entering the building and practicing.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) December 7, 2020
With Clark out for the season and Green having to start at left tackle this week the Colts are in dire need of offensive line depth. Frank Reich says Chris Ballard is in the process of getting another offensive line option in the building. However, signing a free agent with expectation of contributing the same week is very difficult as any player had to clear a six day waiting period before entering the building and practicing due to COVID-19 protocols.
Frank Reich says they haven't ruled out Anthony Castonzo for this weekend in Vegas. No guarantees. "It's way too early to commit to anything."— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) December 7, 2020
Reich then went on to give a small update on left tackle Anthony Castonzo saying that the team hasn’t ruled him out for the Raiders game this weekend. Reich said it was way too early to commit to anything. The Colts elected to not put Castonzo on injured reserve, which would have ruled him out for a 3 week minimum, so there must be some optimism he can return before 3 weeks.