Indianapolis Colts Cannot Afford to Lose Left Tackle Anthony Castonzo
The Indianapolis Colts have seen two offensive linemen go down with an injury in the past week, with the most significant one being left tackle Anthony Castonzo. The Colts cannot afford to lose Castonzo for any amount of time, especially since the offensive line in general has been far from flawless.
Quarterback Andrew Luck, who is the key to the franchise, was sacked 41 times last season. Obviously, that is something Indianapolis does not want to see happen to their star signal caller. The organization has made the appropriate moves in an attempt to fix the problem, but they need the linemen to stay healthy in order for the plan to stay sound.
Castonzo suffered a mild MCL sprain that the Colts do not believe is serious. With that being said, it is still unknown whether he will be ready to suit up for the regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders. The hope is that with just under two weeks until Sept. 8, Castonzo should have more than enough time to rest.
Overall, the Colts have been impressed with the improvement of the offensive line from last season. Obviously, there is still plenty of work to do with very little time to do it in but at least they are making significant progress.
“I thought they’ve done a nice job,” head coach Chuck Pagano said, according to ESPN.com. “Those guys are starting to jell and starting to click and they’re coming together every day and they’re getting better every day and they’re working at it. … You’ve got a little bit of leakage here and there, some pressure.”