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Colts rookie Henry Anderson lost for season to knee injury

Starting defensive tackle is placed on injured reserve Monday.

Worst fears were confirmed Monday as the Indianapolis Colts placed rookie defensive tackle Henry Anderson on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Anderson had to be helped off the field in the second half of Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium. Head coach Chuck Pagano said after the game that Anderson had suffered a "pretty significant" injury. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the initial diagnosis as a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The third-round selection out of Stanford was drafted to play defensive end in the Colts’ 3-4 scheme but shifted to tackle when Arthur Jones was lost for the year in preseason to an ankle injury.

Anderson, 6-6 and 300, had 35 tackles, including five for loss, and one sack in starting all nine games. More than the numbers, he played alongside rookie nose tackle David Parry, a college teammate, and defensive end Kendall Langford to give the Colts a reliable defensive line. At season’s outset, that area was thought to be a concern due to the loss of Jones and the inexperience of Anderson and Parry.

Anderson had a team-high nine tackles in his regular-season pro debut at Buffalo.

The Colts can turn to rookie T.Y. McGill, second-year pro Zach Kerr or fourth-year pro Billy Winn as replacements. McGill is listed as Anderson’s backup on the depth chart.

In another roster move, the Colts waived cornerback Tony Carter, who had been signed last month and played in three games, mostly on special teams.

The Colts (4-5) have a bye week before playing at the Atlanta Falcons (6-3).

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