Gosder Cherilus Talks Injury Rehab

Intro: The Colts didn’t take an offensive tackle in the 2015 draft until the seventh round. What does this mean in regards to Gosder Cherilus’ rehab?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The offensive tackle, many draft gurus thought was coming, did come.

But pick No. 255 on Saturday night was not where those pundits had predicted it would occur when assessing the Colts 2015 Draft.

The selection of Denzelle Good in the seventh round assured the Colts of a 15th straight year with a offensive linemen in the draft.

Heading into last week, many thought the health of Gosder Cherilus would dictate how the Colts would address the offensive tackles in the draft.

While the goal for Cherilus to return to action remains June, the draft showed that the Colts feel comfortable with what they already have on the roster.

"You measure things, guys up against guys that are up on the board. We feel comfortable that we have enough options to work with," Ryan Grigson said of the Colts tackle situation.

"We have OTAs, and then we can see them out on the grass and figure it out from there. But we feel confident in what we have."

If health wasn't an issue, it would be Cherilus atop the right tackle depth chart for the Colts.

Cherilus was a sought after free agent for the Colts in 2013 and in his first season in Indianapolis, he helped buttress the right edge opposite his college teammate, Anthony Castonzo.

Last year's season with the Colts was injury plagued for Cherilus and he was eventually placed on injured reserve at the start of the team's playoff run.

Hobbling in the month of January is definitely not how Cherilus wanted to end his 2014 season and begin his 2015 offseason.

"It's part of the NFL. Every offseason, every team, they have certain guys that had to deal with things during the season that they had to get repaired during the offseason," Cherilus said last week.

"I don't want to be part of that group, but that's where I am. My goal right now is to work as hard as I can every day with our coaches, trainers, to get back as soon as possible."

A healthy Cherilus in 2015 would certainly ease anxiety from a bevy of edge rushers waiting on the 2015 slate.

Before last season, Cherilus had missed less than one game, on average, in his six previous seasons.

He hopes in 2015 there will be no more injury related questions coming his way.

"I wish I could be back next week," Cherilus said.

"The way I'm working, I just want to be back as soon as possible. Whenever we start the season, I want to be a part of this team."

Gosder Cherilus highlights from the 2014 season.

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