The Indianapolis Colts reported to training camp at Anderson (Indiana) University more than two weeks ago feeling good about the depth they had on the offensive line.
Things have drastically changed in the past two weeks, as players are going down one by one.
Guard Donald Thomas is out for the season with a torn quad. Center Khaled Holmes injured his ankle on the Colts’ first drive against the New York Jets on Thursday. Rookie offensive tackle Ulrick John, the team’s seventh-round pick, broke his ankle in the game, a source confirmed. And offensive lineman Xavier Nixon posted on Twitter on Friday that he was having surgery. He's been walking with a noticeable limp because of a knee problem for more than a week.
Did I also mention that the Colts released guard Chad Anderson on Friday?
Goin into surgery today yal pray for me
— Xavier Nixon (@XavierNixon) August 8, 2014
The most significant injury – outside of losing Thomas for the season – is Holmes. There’s no timetable on how long exactly Holmes will be out, but I’ve been told it will be at least a few weeks.
The Colts went with rookie Jonotthan Harrison at center after Holmes went down. It’s uncertain if Harrison will remain the starter for the time being or if the Colts will be tempted to move rookie Jack Mewhort from guard to center. Veteran Lance Louis started in Chicago, so he can play guard if Mewhort does end up getting snaps at center.
You can also expect general manager Ryan Grigson to be working the phones looking to add some offensive linemen to the roster.