Indianapolis, IN- Indianapolis Colts starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo was injured in the first quarter of Saturday night’s third preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Castronzo didn’t return to the game in which the Colts won 27-6 at Lucas Oil Stadium and was evaluated.
The Colts announced Sunday that Castonzo has a mild MCL sprain and will miss the last preseason game at the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. Despite him being a 27 game starter since his rookie year he should be back by opening week against the Oakland Raiders.
Veteran Joe Reitz filled in for Castonzo when he went down and will likely start there until Castonzo can come back.
The youngster has been up and down during his NFL career. He was rated last among starting left tackles and he had a league high 36 blown blocks in 2012. That is something that can’t happen in 2013 and beyond as the Colts have banked their franchise on second year quarterback Andrew Luck.
Luck was sacked 41 times, including at least once in every game during his rookie season, and the Colts knew this was a problem. They addressed the line issue in the offseason and vowed to keep him upright in 2013 as they know their franchise quarterback can’t be getting hit that much.
This is likely the last chance Castonzo has to prove he’s going to be the guy blocking Luck’s blindside before they move in a different direction if he can’t perform.
Overall though, don’t be too concerned about this injury as he’s expected to be back.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the last four years and recognized as an accredited member of t