According to general manager Chris Ballard in his pre-draft presser, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kemoko Turay had a second surgery to repair his injured ankle earlier this offseason (via The Athletic’s Zak Keefer):
Ballard says Colts DE Kemoko Turay had another surgery on his ankle after the season, following a first surgery during the 2019 season after his injury in the Chiefs game. "He was never quite right all year."— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) April 23, 2021
Ballard’s understanding is that Turay’s recovery is going much more smoothly during his latest post-surgery rehabilitation process—having greater access to the team’s training facility this go around.
The expectation is that Turay should be physically cleared by June (per The Herald Bulletin’s George Bremer):
Ballard high on Tyquan Lewis. Really liked the versatility he showed last year.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) April 23, 2021
With Kemoko Turay, it's still a matter of health. Wasn't ever fully right last year, and had another surgery after the season. "This rehab is going a lot better."
Belief is he'll be cleared by June.
Turay suffered a season-ending ankle injury during Week 5 of the Colts’ upset road victory of the future Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs in 2019.
While he returned late in the 2020 season for 7 games, he was pretty much a non-factor, recording 4 tackles (3 solo) and a sack—as his ankle was not fully right, which clearly showed on the field.
If Turay can get fully healthy again (which is a BIG if for a young player who’s had ongoing durability concerns), he could be a big addition to the Colts defense as an impactful speed rusher off the edge—for a unit that desperately needs juice.
In fact, prior to injuring his ankle in 2019, Turay was PFF’s (subscription) 3rd highest graded pass rusher with a +91.0 pass rushing grade—albeit in limited action.
He had 2 sacks and 14 total QB pressures in 69 total pass rushing snaps during the 2019 season before his breakout year unfortunately ended prematurely with the ankle injury.
However, he’s just a year removed from that dynamic form.
It’s just a matter of getting his ankle fully right.
Here’s to Colts fans keeping their fingers crossed for a full Turay recovery.