A day after the Colts concluded an 0-4 preseason, coach Chuck Pagano was immersed in meetings to decide the team’s mandated roster reduction to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday.
One player the Colts won’t be able to use this season is reserve tackle Matt Hall, who suffered a torn triceps in Thursday’s game and will require surgery, Pagano said on a conference call.
In other injury updates, the coach suggested backup offensive tackle Joe Reitz could miss “a couple weeks” with a left high ankle sprain. Reitz left the game near the end of the first quarter.
“From a time standpoint, everybody reacts to treatment a little different,” Pagano said. “I’ve seen guys come back regardless of position, a couple weeks to whatever. Again, the severity of it plays a role. I think the bigger you are, naturally, makes it different for a lineman compared to a defensive back, but I’ve also seen defensive backs have ‘em and take a while to get back.
“(Reitz) was walking around and was able to do some things, toe raises and things like that on the sideline, that are encouraging as far as returning and things like that. I think we’re looking at a couple of weeks there with that one.”
The team is hopeful center Khaled Holmes (ankle) can be back on the practice field Wednesday. Holmes has been out since suffering the injury in the Aug. 7 preseason opener. Pagano confirmed that backup center Jonotthan Harrison missed Thursday’s game with a thumb injury.
Pagano said reserve offensive tackle Xavier Nixon, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 8, is trending in the right direction.
The outlook is still uncertain on safety Delano Howell (neck), who has seen several specialists with an issue that is likely related to an injury that landed him on injured reserve for 10 games last season.
“I know it sounds a little bit redundant, I give you guys the same answer every time we talk about Delano, he’s still being evaluated, we’re still gathering all the information,” coach said. “He’s seen quite a few people, and rightfully so, I mean you’re not dealing with a high ankle, you’re dealing with a neck. We’re going to make sure we cover all our bases and dot the I’s and cross the T’s. We should know shortly what his future holds.”
Pagano stated the obvious when asked if the team would scour the waiver wire to bolster positions, specifically the offensive line.
“Again, we’ll be looking at that, monitoring our own situation obviously, but looking at that, not only (at O-line) but every position,” he said. “Once we get to the 53, if we can acquire somebody that gets us one step closer to that championship or playing for that championship, obviously you guys know that we’ll do whatever we have to do to make this team as strong as possible.”
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