With OTA's upon us and Mini Camps soon after, Ballard made mention of some injuries that will likely hold out or limit a few folks.
There are ALWAYS silver linings from these types of situations - unless you're a glass half empty kinda fan!??!
Here’s a quick look at some of the players Ballard discussed with injury updates:
LB Darius Leonard
It appears the First-Team All-Pro and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors weren’t impressive enough. Leonard dealt with an ankle issue through the majority of his rookie campaign and underwent a procedure last week. He’s expected to miss the next six weeks but be ready for training camp.
Silver lining - This gives the uber talented E.J. Speed the opportunity to maximize his reps and really take to the transition from Tarelton State to the pro's. Plus.....imagine the Maniac with 2 healthy ankles next year!
WR Deon Cain
The former sixth-round pick missed his entire rookie season due to a torn ACL he suffered in the preseason opener. His recovery from surgery appears to be going well and is expected to be a “full-go” for training camp.
Silver Lining: This gives his running mate Fountain an opportunity to flex his muscles a bit and cement his spot on the 53.
TE Jack Doyle
Doyle had offseason surgery to repair a hip injuryand is expected to miss OTAs. It isn’t clear if he will be 100% ready for training camp at this point, and it appears to be more of a waiting game in terms of his status for the summer.
Silver Lining: This gives Hentges the opportunity to show the blocking skills he's known for.
TE Eric Ebron
It wasn’t clear what type of procedure Ebron underwent this offseason, but it was clear he had something done this offseason. Ballard told reporters it was a groin issue, and that it is likely he’s limited for the spring. His training camp status isn’t clear.
Silver Lining: this gives Ali-Cox and Brown the opportunity to show they can be that big, fast TE as a flex option.
S Clayton Geathers
The veteran safety didn’t undergo any procedures this offseason that we know of, but it can be expected that Geathers will be somewhat limited during the spring practices as the Colts look to keep him fresh. He signed a one-year extension this offseason to return.
Silver Lining: This should free up reps for Willis (and potentially Kindred) to help cement his spot that much sooner.
WR T.Y. Hilton
Ghost was incredible down the stretch of 2018’s end dealing with a high and low sprain on the same ankle. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear he had a procedure done. But Ballard did say the veteran speedster could be limited during the spring in order to keep him fresh.
Silver Lining: Let's get Penny Hart and Parris Campbell out there on the edge as well as the slot to show their wares!
TE Ross Travis
While working his way to a roster spot in the final preseason game, Travis, unfortunately, suffered a torn ACL after making a long catch. He missed the 2018 season but was brought back as a restricted free agent this offseason. The expectation is that Travis should be cleared for training camp.
Silver Lining: See Ebron's comments above.
LB Anthony Walker
Though Ballard didn’t disclose an injury to the media, Walker could be limited during OTAs and minicamp.
Silver Lining: This gives Okereke an opportunity to maximize his reps and get up to speed quicker. Ladt year, Skai Moore took advantage and even started the first game - if you recall.
Generally speaking, outside of Cain every veteran above has shown in games what they can do. So to give those extra reps to the rookies behind them will only help with our depth being better prepared and/or the FO decides to go younger and make a surprise cut or two?
Thoughts? Anyone I may have missed?