News out of Colts camp today was not what Indianapolis sports fans wanted to hear. It was reported on Wednesday that starting linebacker Tyjuan Hagler is done for the year with a torn biceps. Hagler sustained the season ending injury during the Indianapolis Colts Week 8 victory of the San Fransisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.
While dealing with injuries seems to be more the rule rather than the exception for the high-octane dash and smash defense of the Indianapolis Colts, it’s an even tougher pill to swallow when there is no chance of the player’s return until next year’s training camp. Unfortunately, when Colts head coach Jim Caldwell announced Wednesday that Hagler had been placed on the injured reserve list, that is what fans were left to deal with.
The Colts defensive unit has dealt with starters missing since football came to the Circle City in 1984…at least that’s the way it feels sometimes.
With a new hole on defense, Indianapolis will look to fill it from within the organization. Philip Wheeler is a 6-foot-2, 24o pound 2nd year player out of Georgia Tech will look to get most of the playing time at the vacant outside linebacker position. While Wheeler only has 24 career tackles, 6 of them came in last week’s game after Tyjuan went down, and one of them was a sack. The kid is fast, surprise surprise, so look for him to utilized as a pass rusher and on blitz packages.
Also planning on seeing a significant increase in playing time is 5-foot-11, 232 pound Ramon Humber, an undrafted rookie out of North Dakota State. If he plays enough snaps, Humber could conceivably eclipse his career total of 10 tackles in this weekend’s game alone. A surprising stat of Humber’s is that he has forced two fumbles already this season.
Indy has also decided to retrieve rookie linebacker Cody Glenn from the practice squad and place him on the active roster.
The Colts are at home again this weekend as they are in the middle of a three game home stand that pits them against AFC South conference foes, the Houston Texans. This will be the first time the 7-0 Colts will play a team with a winning record. It is also the first of four tough games that will let the Indianapolis Colts know truly where they stand.
Check back with us here at funcityfinder.com on Friday afternoon as we get you ready for this weekend’s action with a Colts/Texans preview.