On Sunday, Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey collided with a defender and suffered a knee sprain. Mixed messages from various news outlets had people’s heads spinning as to the severity and timetable of his return. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that it was a sprained MCL and that “He’s definitely gonna miss a lot of time here. Sprained MCL.”
Luckily, Mort got it wrong.
Although it was at a limited capacity, Heyward-Bay was back on the practice field Tuesday night for the Colts night practice. He ran routes and caught passes, as well as participated in receiver drills. He did not, however, participate in the scrimmages. It is still unknown how much time, if any, Heyward-Bey will play Sunday in the Colts’ preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills.
In other injury news, nose tackle Brandon McKinney was released from the team after being placed on Injured Reserve then coming to an agreement with the team on an injury settlement. McKinney’s knee has still not fully recovered from the ACL tear he suffered roughly one year ago. Unfortunately for McKinney, Josh Chapman’s availability along with the additions of Aubrayo Franklin and Montori Hughes made it unnecessary to retain his services.
Safety LaRon Landry also sat out Tuesday evening’s practice after tweaking his knee the day before. However, Landry advised on Twitter Wednesday that the move was just precautionary, stating that they were gearing up for a long season.
The players have today off before returning to Anderson for practice Thursday at their normal 1:50pm.
Jake Arthur is the Associate Editor/Pro Sports Editor at the Indiana Sports Report covering the Indianapolis Colts and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts and has full media access. He is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.
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