INDIANAPOLIS — The shuffling at the tackle position continues for the Indianapolis Colts.
The latest development: Joe Haeg, the team’s starter at right tackle, is expected to miss at least “a couple weeks” with an ankle injury, head coach Frank Reich told reporters today in a conference call.
Haeg suffered the injury during Sunday’s 20-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, and did not return. He was replaced by Denzelle Good, who ended up playing 28 offensive snaps.
Haeg is just the latest Colts tackle to suffer an injury with week-to-week implications:
» Starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo suffered a hamstring injury before the start of training camp. He was eventually able to return to the practice field during camp, but re-aggravated the injury and missed the entire preseason. He sat out the team’s season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals as a precaution and was hoping to play Week 2 against the Washington Redskins before re-aggravating the hamstring injury once again in a mid-week practice leading up to that game, and has not practiced since. Reich said Monday Castonzo is progressing well, and hoped to have more info on him later in the week.
» Good, the team’s top swing tackle who was in the mix to start at right tackle through the offseason workout program into the start of training camp, also suffered a hamstring injury near the beginning of camp that sidelined him for a few weeks. He made his return for the Colts’ third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, but suffered injuries to his knee and wrist that sidelined him once again for a few weeks. He just returned to the practice field last week in time to replace Haeg on Sunday against the Eagles.
» Veteran J’Marcus Webb started the team’s season opener against the Bengals at right tackle (with Haeg at left tackle), but suffered a hamstring injury during a Cincinnati fumble return for a touchdown late in the game, and has since been placed on injured reserve.
The Colts have a couple other options to go to at tackle if needed, though both players — Braden Smith and Mark Glowinski — are more naturally guards.
Le’Raven Clark, meanwhile, has started in place of Castonzo the last couple weeks against the Redskins and Eagles, respectively.
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