INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that rookie center Javon Patterson will miss the 2019 season after suffering an injury to his ACL.
"Unfortunately Javon Patterson did sustain an ACL injury, so he’ll be out for the year," Reich told reporters. "Tough break for him, but one of the things we know about Javon: a high-character guy. We’ve talked to him and will give him all the support he needs.
"He’ll rehab and get ready to go for next year."
Patterson was the Colts' seventh-round (246th-overall) pick in this year's NFL Draft out of Ole Miss.
The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Patterson played in 48 games (42 starts) at Mississippi and finished his collegiate career with 36 straight starts. Patterson registered starts at left guard (37), center (three) and right guard (two).
In 2018, he started all 12 games at left guard. Patterson started all 12 games at left guard in 2017 and helped the Rebels finish as the SEC leader in passing. In 2016, he was the only Ole Miss offensive lineman to start all 12 games (nine at left guard, three at center). As a true freshman in 2015, Patterson played in 12 games with starts at left guard (four) and right guard (two).
Patterson's injury leaves starter Ryan Kelly, Evan Boehm, Josh Andrews and Joe Haeg as the Colts' primary centers moving forward.