INDIANAPOLIS – Yes, despite the laundry list of injuries on defense this preseason, the Colts can receive some good news on the injury front.
They certainly got that on Sunday afternoon when Jim Irsay announced on Twitter that Jack Mewhort's knee injury will keep him out two-to-four weeks and will not require surgery.
Mewhort's knee injury suffered on Saturday night appeared to occur on the second to final offensive play in the first half.
The third-year lineman hobbled a bit after the play, but did stay in for the final offensive snap for the starters.
After halftime, with several starters coming out of the game, the Colts announced that Mewhort suffered a knee injury.
Chuck Pagano said after the loss to the Eagles that Mewhort would be getting an MRI on Sunday and the severity was unknown.
Despite reports of Mewhort possibly suffering a torn ACL, Sunday's results indicate he should be back sometime during the first month of the season.
Mewhort was the only Colts' lineman to start every game last season (14 of those coming at left guard).
On Saturday night, Pagano did mention Jonotthan Harrison, who has played a good amount of guard this offseason, as an option if Mewhort was to miss time.
"(Harrison) has played in there (and) has position flex which is good," Pagano said, before knowing how long Mewhort would be out. "There are a number of things that we will look at.
"We won't say anything right now one way or another whether we move (Harrison) there or put somebody else at right tackle. We have to see how fast Joe Reitz is going to be back and where his status is."
Reitz (back tightness) was questionable for Saturday night's game versus the Eagles. The Colts elected to hold their starting right tackle out.
The biggest injuries the Colts will now enter the regular season with up front is with Mewhort and rookie Joe Haeg (week-to-week with an ankle injury).
If healthy, Haeg was expected to be the Colts' top reserve at four positions on the line.
Compared to the defense, the offense has definitely dodged the injury bug this month.
They've done it again with Mewhort.
A two-week timetable would put Mewhort returning at the start of the regular season.
A four-week recovery for Mewhort would have him back for Week Three (vs. San Diego).