Two of the Indianapolis Colts’ top defensive players received good news when team doctors re-check both guys’ respective injuries.
Defensive tackle Henry Anderson found out he could be removed from the physically unable to perform list soon. Meanwhile, doctors told second-year safety Clayton Geathers that he could be more aggressive with rehabbing his right foot.
Anderson tore his ACL in Week 9 of the 2015 regular season. He has been slowly rehabbing his way back to practice fitness. It appears the slow rehab is starting to pay off, and head coach Chuck Pagano believes Anderson could return to the practice field soon.
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"“I think we’re close, really close. We’ve just got to make a decision when we want to do it. Basically the doctors said when (the coaches) feel good about it, we can do that and get him off PUP and get him going again.”"
Before his knee injury, Anderson made nine starts for the Indianapolis Colts. He recorded 31 tackles, five tackles for loss and one sack in 2015, which was his rookie season.
Geathers broke a bone in his right foot while working out on his own back in July. As a result, he has been in a walking boot ever since the start of training camp. Based on his recent medical re-check, Pagano said Geathers will start doing more on-field exercises for his rehab.
"y“Everything looks good. They’re going to ramp up his rehab and he’ll start to do a little bit more from a field-activity type of stuff.”"
Geathers was the Colts’ dime package safety to start the 2015 season. However, the team quickly promoted him due to injuries and his excellent play. He started in two games and recorded 28 combined tackles and one fumble recovery.
The Indianapolis Colts need both of these guys healthy if they want to be serious playoff contenders in 2016. Anderson and Geathers will have significant roles on the team if both get healthy and stay injury-free.
The Colts could really use Anderson back as soon as possible. Veteran defensive tackle Kendall Langford could miss the first game of 2016 due to a knee injury. Also, Arthur Jones is suspended for the first four games of the season because of performance-enhancing drug use.
While Anderson and Geathers are not still not ready to play immediately, it is still encouraging to hear both guys are making progress. Hopefully, the Indianapolis Colts can have these guys at least available against the Detroit Lions in Week 1.