The Indianapolis Colts already depleted defensive line took another hit this week. Recently, they found out veteran Kendall Langford suffered a knee injury and will be out for 3-4 weeks.
Reportedly, Langford suffered the injury late last week, which is why he was also not in Canton, Ohio this past weekend. After a scope of his knee, doctors found a chondral defect, which means there is cartilage damage in his knee.
Luckily for the Colts, Langford’s injury is not season-ending. However, this injury could still jeopardize his availability at the start of the season.
The estimated timetable for his recovery means Langford will miss most (if not all) of the Colts’ preseason. The team hopes Langford will be ready to play by Week 1 of the regular season, but knee injuries are always tricky to deal with.
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Langford was the Colts’ leader on the defensive line in 2015. Last season, he finished tied with Robert Mathis for the team lead in sacks with seven. Also, he has never missed a regular season game in his eight-year career.
With Langford’s injury, the Indianapolis Colts could start Week 1 without their top three defensive linemen. Henry Anderson is still recovering from an ACL tear and Arthur Jones is suspended for first four games of the season for performance-enhancing drug use.
The Colts need to rely on their “next man up” mantra once again. The Colts still have David Parry, who started 10 games as a rookie last year. Meanwhile, longtime reserve Zach Kerr and second-year player T.Y. McGill will move into the other two starting roles.
Behind these three players, the Colts have their 2016 fourth-round draft pick Hassan Ridgeway and practice squad journeyman Ricky Lumpkin. Both guys have a chance to prove themselves with Langford out for much of the preseason.
The Indianapolis Colts’ season opener against the Detroit Lions is nearly a month away. They need to hope Langford, and the rest of their defensive players, can recover fast enough to be ready for that matchup.