Powers on IR for a third consecutive year

Jerraud Powers’ season is over for the third consecutive season because of an injury.

The Indianapolis Colts cornerback went on injured reserve after 10 games in 2010 with an arm injury, after 12 games in 2011 because of an elbow issue and now after nine games because of a toe injury.

It’s a very unfortunate development for a solid player at a position where the Colts are not deep.

Indianapolis beat Jacksonville last Thursday without both starting corners -- Powers and Vontae Davis. Darius Butler had a big game with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. But the Colts are going to face tougher opposition than the Jaguars moving forward.

Butler and Davis, once he’s recovered from his knee injury, are the likely starters going forward, with Cassius Vaughn and Josh Gordy as the guys in line for nickel and dime roles.

I find Powers to be one of the most thoughtful guys in the division, so I will selfishly miss being able to look for him in the Colts locker room when I cover them.

His rookie contract is also expiring, and the injury history is going to work against him when the Colts, and maybe an outside bidder, make their offers.

It may be a string of bad luck, but if you’ve got a string of bad luck like this one, you’re officially injury-prone.

In other Colts developments, the team activated nose tackle Josh Chapman from the non-football injury list. He’s practices for three weeks and is all the way back from the torn ACL he suffered in his final year at Alabama.

Adding him to the 53-man roster is offset by losing Drake Nevis for the year. He too went on IR with a hand injury.