Colts Rookie Center Ryan Kelly Sidelined By Shoulder Strain

First-round draft choice is 'day-to-day' after suffering left shoulder injury in Sunday afternoon's training camp practice.

ANDERSON, Ind. — As the Indianapolis Colts continue to toil in the summer heat of training camp at Anderson University, a few more bodies have been subtracted including, presumably for a brief time, first-round draft choice Ryan Kelly.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday morning his starting center suffered a left shoulder injury in Sunday afternoon’s practice and would miss some time. He’s officially listed as day-to-day.

Third-year pro Jonotthan Harrison, who has started 19 games at center, will take the snaps with the first team in Kelly’s absence, Pagano said. Harrison had been getting reps at right guard with starter Hugh Thornton.

Kelly has impressed coaches with his NFL readiness since the first camp practice last Wednesday.

“I think he’s mature,” said offensive line coach Joe Philbin. “He doesn’t get flustered out there. He’s got a football player’s mentality. He’s serious about what he does. He prepares hard, likes the game and likes to compete, likes to be with his teammates.

“I don’t think there’s one specific trait. He’s got a lot of positive traits we’re looking to build on every day.”

Pagano said he likes the preparedness of all his rookies at camp.

“They had a great offseason,” Pagano said. “We talked about this rookie class, not only the draft choices but the college free agents, they all love football. They put a lot of time in through the offseason program.

“Once everybody got away for vacation, those guys, you could tell when they came back that they had done what they needed to do from a mental standpoint and physical standpoint. There’s a lot of guy doing well, but again, we’ve got a long way to go.”

While Kelly’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious, the Colts have become even more thin at safety, where reserve Andrew Williamson was waived-injured with a knee injury. The Colts are already without sidelined starter Clayton Geathers (foot) and 2016 second-round pick T.J. Green (calf).

Williamson is an undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt.

“It’s the dog days of training camp,” Pagano said. “It’s not for the meek and it’s not for the timid. We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’re going to keep moving forward.”

After a Monday afternoon practice, the Colts will work out under the Macholtz Stadium lights at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday. They have Wednesday off, then will practice Thursday and Friday afternoon before traveling to Canton, Ohio, for Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.

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