Winston Justice is coming off a concussion suffered in Chicago and wasn’t playing particularly well at right tackle for the Colts before he was hurt.
Holdover Jeff Linkenbach took over for him against the Bears.
He may be in the spot Sunday versus Minnesota. But the Colts are trying to give themselves more options on the line. They signed veteran lineman Trai Essex, who played under coordinator Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh, and signed Bradley Sowell off of the practice squad of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sowell, 6-7, 320 pounds, is in his rookie season after being signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss.
Essex played seven seasons with the Steelers. He also brings good size at 6-4, 324. The Colts put him at backup left guard on their unofficial depth chart, but he’s played both guard and tackle.
Said Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.: “Pretty much the beauty of Essex is that he is tough and very versatile -- being able to play four positions. Arians will be very familiar with him so overall, this signing makes a lot of sense. The problem is that he really doesn’t play any of the positions particularly well at all and isn’t really suited for one over the other.”
Will we see a new starter at right tackle Sunday?
I’m guessing Justice either won’t be ready or that the Colts can protect him and see a chance to make a change at the same time.
My guess is we see Linkenbach, with only an outside chance of Essex. Sowell will need some time to learn what the Colts do.