Indianapolis Colts: Offensive Line Injuries Causing Great Concern

By Eric Smith
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Indianapolis, IN- If the injuries keep piling on to the offensive line, the Indianapolis Colts may be in some trouble. They already lost running back Vick Ballard for the season due to an ACL injury suffered in practice on Thursday. With guard Donald Thomas going down Sunday on the second possession of the game to a knee injury of his own, a new light is shed on this team.

There’s no word yet on how long Thomas will be out, but if it’s serious he could miss some time. With already having injuries on the line, the Colts only have six healthy offensive line players on the roster. Both Jeff Linkenbach and Khaled Homes were out for today’s game due to injuries as well, which only leaves one bench player.

That puts the Colts in a bad position, meaning no one can get hurt on the line or they have no backups. With them trying to beef up the line to protect quarterback Andrew Luck more, it could put a damper on it.

The loss today goes squarely on the line, as they failed to protect Luck in the second half.

They must now piece together a makeshift line of signing free agents and hoping to get guys healthy. This means that they need to find healthy bodies instead of protecting Luck.

Luck was sacked 41 times last season, at least once in every game. He could be in for a similar season with how banged up the line is. He was sacked four times in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, and another three times against the Miami Dolphins today.

Look for the Colts to panic a bit on trying to get some healthy linemen.

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 the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru

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