Guard Ben Heenan suffers knee injury

Former CFL star was competing for a reserve roster spot.

Offensive guard Ben Heenan’s NFL career has hit a roadblock before it can start.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Friday that the former Canadian Football League star will miss at least four to six weeks after suffering a right knee meniscus tear that will require surgery.

Heenan, 25, suffered the injury Wednesday and was carted off the practice field.

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The CFL’s No. 1 overall selection in 2012, the Saskatchewan Roughriders star drew interest from several NFL teams but chose the Colts because he thought he would have a fair opportunity to make the roster and play. The rookie was expected to compete for a reserve spot at guard, where the Colts have shuffled their share of players in recent years.

Heenan, 6-4 and 315, was competing at guard against starters Lance Louis and Todd Herremans as well as reserves Hugh Thornton and David Arkin, among others. The Canadian native played collegiately at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Colts can't place Heenan on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list because he started camp on the active roster.

Pagano also said running back Vick Ballard is day-to-day with a tight hamstring.

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