To add ‘further injury to insult’, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich indicated Monday that rotational defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis is indeed out for the season following a significant knee injury (via the IndyStar’s Joel A. Erickson).
Lewis suffered the injury during Sunday’s critical loss to the Tennessee Titans:
Tyquan Lewis's knee injury is season-ending, Reich says. "Really unfortunate, he was really playing well yesterday."— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) November 1, 2021
Hilton has a concussion, so he cannot play Thursday.
Colts still evaluating Willis.
Lewis’s injury is thought to be a season-ending patella injury.
The 277 pound defensive lineman abruptly went down (non-contact) following his first career interception with 4:24 left in the second quarter—and fumbled, which the Titans were ruled to recover—and then led to a 57-yard A.J. Brown touchdown catch just a single play later.
Entering a contract year, it’s an unfortunate blow for the Colts’ former 2018 2nd round pick, who’s become a quality defensive line piece. During 41 career games (12 starts), Lewis has 56 tackles (41 solo), 15 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, an interception, and 5 passes defensed.
Feel for Tyquan Lewis. Worked his tail off after essentially being written off. Timing here is just brutal. His IG post today: pic.twitter.com/qnr1dCOJfv— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) November 1, 2021
He was placed on injured reserve Monday afternoon.
The Colts did activate rookie 2021 second round pick Dayo Odeyingbo ahead of Sunday’s loss, as he could assume a larger role in Lewis’s absence—as he gets more acclimated.
As Erickson notes, veteran wideout T.Y. Hilton (concussion) has already been ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets—following an awkward collision yesterday.
Meanwhile, starting safety Khari Willis (calf/knee) could be following suit, as the Colts recently signed veteran Josh Jones to their active roster full-time—which presumably doesn’t bode well for Willis’s potential availability during a short week.