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INDIANAPOLIS – The good news is Andrew Luck is ready to go.
The bad news is the Colts will not have their 2 starting safeties or their returning starter at left guard for the start of Training Camp.
What does the complete injury situation look like for the Colts in 2018?
On PUP (PUP-Physically Unable to Perform list means a player cannot practice, but can come off that list at any time during the preseason)
- S-Clayton Geathers (knee): The fourth-year safety had a knee procedure earlier this year. It flared up late in the 2017 season and the surgery was to clean out his knee. The expectation is that this injury will not linger. Geathers is probably 80-to-85 percent right now, Chris Ballard says. “How long he’s on (PUP), I’m not quite sure, but he’s pretty close. He’s worked his tail off and he’s pretty close to being ready to go,” Ballard said. The GM said the neck is fine for Geathers, who is playing in a contract year this season.
- S-Malik Hooker (knee): He’s not at the 9-month mark yet (from his ACL surgery) That will be around August 9 or 10. That’s the day where the statistics tell you the chance of re-injuring the ACL significantly drops and each week out, then it continues to significantly drop, said Ballard. Hooker’s return should come in early-to-mid August, according to Ballard. “We think he will be good for the second part of the preseason and into the season,” the GM said. “Anytime you are coming back from an ACL it takes time though.” With Geathers and Hooker out for the start of camp, Matthias Farley and T.J. Green are the expected starters at safety.
- OL-Jeremy Vujnovich (calf): He had a pretty good pull on his calf, which kept him off the field this spring. With the new resources invested into the offensive line, especially at guard, Vujnovich is probably competing for a roster spot this year, even though he played every snap at left guard in 2016.
Other Injury Watches
- OL-Deyshwan Bond (leg): It will be mostly individual drills early on for the young center, before working into some reps in that first week. He’s really close to being ready, says Ballard. The Colts don’t foresee any long-term issue. Bond got hurt in Week 4 of last season.
- LT-Anthony Castonzo (hamstring): The veteran left tackle pulled a hamstring training two weeks ago. Ballard said the Colts could put him on PUP to start camp, but they don’t expect Castonzo to miss more than a couple of days.
- WR-Krishawn Hogan (knee): He’s right at the 9-month mark from tearing his ACL in September last year. He will be good to go. “We are really pleased with how he’s doing,” Ballard said of the Indianapolis product. “We need to be smart with his reps in the first couple of weeks and not overload him. He should be good and ready to go.”
- LB-Darius Leonard (quad): Good to go after missing the entire spring. Leonard finally signed his rookie contract on Sunday afternoon.
- QB-Andrew Luck (shoulder): Good to go. The plan is still for Luck to mimic a regular season schedule of practice during camp (3 days on, 1 day off, 1 ‘game day’ on). He will have days off, but no limitations when practicing.
- RB-Marlon Mack (shoulder): He’s good to go. Mack will wear a brace after missing the entire spring following labrum surgery. No limitations for the second-year running back.
- OL-Jack Mewhort (knee): Good to go after participating in the spring. Mewhort will get a few veteran rest days, but he’s healthy.
- TE-Erik Swoope (knee): He’s good to go after missing the entire spring and last year. The Colts will modify his reps at camp.
- The following names should be good to go for camp: CB-Nate Hairston, CB-Chris Milton, CB-D.J. White and CB-Quincy Wilson.