The Indianapolis Colts had another player go down with an injury Sunday afternoon in their training camp practice. They’ve already had too many injuries in literally the first week of practice, but this one was costly.
Newly acquired wide receiver this offseason Darrius Heyward-Bey went down with a knee sprain. The knee was injured in a drill Sunday afternoon. The Colts gave no information on how long the receiver will be out and how severe it was.
If the injury is severe enough for him to miss quite some time and some regular season games, it comes at a bad time for Heyward-Bey.
Obviously, if you’re going to get injured, it’s better to come in the preseason and in the first week at that. But for Heyward-Bey, he was really looking forward to that first-week matchup in the regular season against his former team, the Oakland Raiders. Oakland fans and the organization grew tired of his lack of production and let him walk. He was really trying to show them how valuable he was with a quarterback in Andrew Luck throwing to him and guys like Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener as receiving targets around him.
That’s why this injury is ill-timed.
Heyward-Bey was the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played all four seasons in Oakland where he had 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns on 140 receptions. He missed five games his rookie season and one each the last three years. His best season came in 2011 when he had 64 receptions, 975 yards and four touchdowns.
He was hoping the production would go up and help Indianapolis tremendously, especially against Oakland in Week 1. Lets hope he’s healed by then.