Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich had his weekly conference call Monday with the media and gave several updates.
Per Coach Reich, S Malik Hooker will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, while WR Parris Campbell (knee) will "miss some time."— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 21, 2020
Another week and another Monday press conference in which Reich updates the media on a season ending injury. Reich confirmed to the media that starting safety Malik Hooker tore his achilles and will miss the rest of the season. It is a shame for Hooker’s season to end in such fashion especially as it was set to be a hugely decisive year for Hooker being in a contract year due to the team declining his fifth year option. Reich also confirmed that Parris Campbell has a knee ligament injury and will miss some time. Again another disappointment on the injury front as Campbell had started the season so bright, leading the team in receiving yards week 1, only to receive a lengthy injury on his second snap of the game in week 2.
Reich on Julian Blackmon: "We're obviously very high on Julian, and he showed everything that we could want or expect yesterday."— George Bremer (@gmbremer) September 21, 2020
Rookie was on a rep count Sunday, but he is definitely a contender to replace Malik Hooker as a starter. #Colts
Reich went onto talk about another safety on the team, however for different reasons, Julian Blackmon. Reich confirmed Blackmon was on a rep count Sunday, with it being his first game since tearing his ACL in December, but that the team is very high on him and he is definitely a contender to replace injured starter Malik Hooker. This should really come as no surprise as the Colts drafted Blackmon to push Hooker to start and maybe replace him if needed and it looks like Blackmon will get that chance a lot earlier than expected. Blackmon was on a rep count Sunday but showed out in the reps he did get even managing to deflect a pass leading to an interception.
Rock Ya-Sin has been released from the hospital, but not much else on the illness he's dealing with.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) September 21, 2020
Reich then gave an update on starting cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin was a surprise inactive on Sunday but it was reported by the team before the game he had been dealing with a non football illness and had been taken to a local hospital. Reich only said that Ya-Sin had been released from hospital but was still dealing with the non football illness and it was too early to determine his status for the next Sunday’s game. The Colts are not deep at the cornerback position at all only having five corners on the active roster, with Ya-Sin out for the Vikings game the team was down to just four corners and when Xavier Rhodes left with cramps the team was extremely thin. Ya-Sin was a bright spark on a poor defense week 1 and the team and fans alike have been looking forward to seeing his development from his rookie year. Ya-Sin’s progress is likely one to keep an eye on this week on the injury reports.