INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts believe their roster has come to the end of the season without dealing with any new injuries that could linger into the 2022 season, an issue that became a significant issue at the start of the 2021 season.
Darius Leonard, Quenton Nelson, Eric Fisher and Dayo Odeyingbo, among others, showed up to training camp with lingering injuries.
Rock Ya-Sin, the third-year cornerback who became a front-row starter this season and left the season finale against Jacksonville due to hip and ankle injuries, is expected to undergo surgery.
“I think he may need surgery, but it’s not major,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said. “Coming out of the game and out of the season, I don’t think we have anything major. I hope I’m not mistaken there.
Two Colts, whose injuries were known before, are undergoing rehabilitation.
► Free safety Julian Blackmon tore his Achilles tendon in training in October and is doing well in his recovery, although Ballard would not make a prediction on whether or not Blackmon would be ready for the start of training camp. Veteran running back Marlon Mack tore his Achilles tendon in the 2020 season opener, and he was able to return early in training camp.
► Defensive end Tyquan Lewis is also facing a long recovery after tearing his patellar tendon against Tennessee. Lewis is a free agent, but the Colts remain high on his versatility on the defensive line; Lewis had 14 tackles, 2.5 sacks, six quarterback hits and one interception at the time of his injury.
The team is also optimistic that the two franchise stalwarts it drafted in 2018, Nelson and Leonard, are beyond the injuries that have plagued them this season, and are confident that their injuries are not chronicles.
“No, it doesn’t look like it at this point,” Ballard said. “Looks like both are good.”
Nelson, in particular, is healthy after undergoing two off-season surgeries, surgery in training camp to remove a piece of loose bone from his foot, a sprained ankle and a recurring back problem.
Leonard, who underwent ankle surgery in June in hopes he would heal early in the regular season but ended up playing despite the pain, has a full offseason to let his ankle recover. Once on the court, Leonard was open that he didn’t expect the ankle to fully heal until the end of the season.
“Darius worked hard and he played,” Ballard said. “I think you saw it at the start of the season. He wasn’t quite right, but he fought and played.