One of the biggest things this training camp for the Indianapolis Colts was to keep guys healthy. So far, they’re not doing a good job at that.
Newly acquired wide receiver this offseason, Darrius Heyward-Bey, was the newest and biggest Colts player to go down. Heyward-Bey was injured during a drill Sunday afternoon and limped off the field. He was diagnosed with a sprained knee and will be out for some time.
The Colts haven’t announced how long he will be out, but it likely will be for at least the first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills in Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Indianapolis has to hope to get him fully healthy by time the regular season starts as they’re already thin at the position for the first four games.
The Colts return Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, but lost last year’s No. 2 receiver Donnie Avery to free agency. Heyward-Bey was supposed to come in and start as the second receiving option while Hilton was going to return to his normal slot position. Now with Heyward-Bey out, Hilton will move up to the starter role as the rest of the receiving core is bleak.
LaVon Brazill is back with the team as he had an 11 reception, 186-yard rookie year, but got into some off-the-field troubles this offseason. He failed a drug test and will miss the first four games of the regular season. He was the fourth option last year and was set to be in that spot again this year, but he too will be out to start the 2013 year off.
That could mean the Colts need to search for three receivers to fill out the active 53-man roster on opening day if Heyward-Bey can’t go.