Indianapolis Colts Disappointingly Place NT Brandon McKinney on Season-Ending IR for Second Straight Year

By Eric Smith
Eric P. Mull- USA Today Sports

Indianapolis, IN- A bit of bad news came out of the Indianapolis Colts training camp today. Nose tackle Brandon McKinney has been placed on the season-ending IR due to a complication from a previous knee injury.

McKinney was placed on the season-ending IR for 2012 due to a torn ACL. He had surgery to repair it and was hoping to return back to full strength in 2013. Unfortunately, he still had some swelling in the knee and missed the first two days of training camp this week. On Tuesday afternoon the Colts decided to shut him down for the second straight year.

He was entering his eighth season in the NFL. The Colts signed him last offseason from the Baltimore Ravens, but the defender never played a down in an Indianapolis uniform. He previously played four seasons with Baltimore and the two prior with the San Diego Chargers.

Now, McKinney unfortunately is likely done with the Colts as they have several nose tackles on the roster. Josh Chapman, Martin Tevaseu and Aubrayo Franklin are battling for the starting job. I can’t see them keeping more than those three anyway, so McKinney will likely be cut to clear roster and cap space.

The tackle out of Michigan State has played in 61 career games. He had 39 tackles, zero sacks and one forced fumble. This is always the sad part of the NFL when someone loses a roster spot due to unforeseen injuries or complications. The poor guy didn’t even get a chance to show Colts fans what he can do.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Indianapolis Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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