His availability for the remainder of the season is currently uncertain (via The Athletic’s James Boyd):
#Colts HC Shane Steichen says TE Jelani Woods had a setback "with his other hamstring" during the rehab process.— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) November 20, 2023
Is it a season-ending injury?
"I don't know that."
The 2nd-year tight end has yet to play a snap this season for the Colts as he re-aggravated a pulled hamstring injury late in camp and has spent the entire season on injured reserve.
While the Colts are deep at tight end, it’s still a big loss to that positional unit as Woods, at a listed 6’7,” 253 pounds, has a unique size and speed combination (*4.61 forty time):
Jelani Woods ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at 6'7 1/8", marking the fastest 40-yard dash time by a TE taller than 6'7" since 2003 and 2nd-fastest by any player taller than 6'7" over that span (behind DL Margus Hunt's 4.60 in 2013)#NFLCombine— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 3, 2022
Last season, Woods had 25 receptions for 312 receiving yards (12.5 ypr. avg.) and 3 touchdown receptions—including 4 receptions for 20+ yards, during 15 games.
Even though Woods had a limited number of receptions, the ones he did tended to have a key impact on each game respectively.
At his sheer size, he’s a special athlete and if nothing else, would’ve served as a big red zone target for starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and the Colts passing offense driving towards the goal line—and a potential down the seam option at tight end.
It’s obviously a tough update for the Colts’ 2022 third round pick as it’s starting to shape up like his initial hamstring injury could be ultimately season-ending after all, and 2023 may be a lost year for his growth, development, and any potential production.