Normally injuries are the reason to why teams miss the playoffs and can make Sunday’s dismal. For the Indianapolis Colts this year they actually could be the very reason to why they go to the playoffs in year one of rebuild mode.
Indianapolis has been with Donald Brown, Vontae Davis, Cory Redding, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Pat Angerer, Fili Moala, Samson Satele, among others. That’s basically all their star power on defense and making the Colts lean on rookies on both sides of the ball.
Through the six games the Colts are .500 at 3-3 and have been a real threat to the playoffs without them. Now, they’re getting healthier and healthier and that could be scary for their competition if they not only get healthy, but have no other injuries.
This team has won three games with rookies. It’s making guys grow up and learn how to play and win on their own. They can’t look to guys like Mathis or Freeney or even Redding to bail them out. It’s all on them and it’s worked.
Now, with most of these guys expected to be fully back and healthy this week or even next week they should be at full strength and within a game of .500. Now, guys that have led this team to victories are going to be coming off the bench in reserve roles. That actually is a blessing in disguise as their reserves have winning experience now and know how to pull it out.
That’s a far cry from the years past when the team would literally pick guys off the streets to fill in for injured players. Now, depth is added to the rebuild and this team not only can contend for a playoff spot this year, but for many years to come with all that experience.
The Colts are going to nearly have too much of a good thing once all these guys return. Their second unit could beat teams. Imagine a healthy Freeney, Mathis, Angerer, and Conner as the line backing core with Jerrell Freeman who’s led the team in tackles every game coming off the bench.
Injuries could have been a blessing this year.