Right now, Clay Matthews is at some hotel in Indy rubbing his hands together in greedy anticipation. With offensive line injuries too numerous to stomach, the Colts were forced to sign another reinforcement in OT/OG Tony Hills. In order to clear enough room for this signing, they have waived one of our preseason stars, WR Kris Adams.
The Colts are in pretty dire straits with regards to their offensive line depth. Our projected starting Oline has yet to even take the field together.
On gameday, the Colts have consistently activated a total of 7 offensive linemen for each of their 3 contests this season. With the injury situation as it is, they were pressed just to have 7 HEALTHY guys to dress today.
LG Joe Reitz is still down as he apparently is recovering from a recent knee scope. Now, Reitz’ primary backup, OG Seth Olsen is down with his own knee ailment. Based on comments from interim head coach Bruce Arians it sounds like we should expect Jeff Linkenbach to play in the spot today against Green Bay.
OC Sampson Satele was seemingly trying to play through a knee injury as we’ve seen him start two consecutive games without being able to finish. He looks to miss today’s game judging from the Colts’ roster moves.
Even though starting RG Mike McGlynn was the one to take over for Satele when he missed time in previous games, we should expect recent practice squad elevation OC A.Q. Shipley to get his first NFL start this afternoon. This is different from previous weeks when we saw veteran OG Trai Essex be the first off the bench for interior OL injuries.
That was, of course, before he was released entering the Colts’ BYE week. Why he was released, is a mystery. Somehow, a healthy Essex is not as important to Ryan Grigson as an injured Olsen. Wow!
Our 7th healthy Olineman should be recently signed OG/OT Tony Hills.
Hills, listed at 6’5” – 305lbs, is an interesting prospect. He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 4th-round of the 2008 NFL draft as an injury-prone OT candidate. There he was coached by Colts’ own OL coach Harold Goodwin and of course played in Arians’ offensive system. Good news is, having played under Arians from 2008-2011, Hills should be familiar and comfortable playing within the system the Colts are currently playing, just as Essex was also.
As with any low-level signing like there, there was a reason he was available for the Colts. As a converted TE out of University of Texas, he struggled with injuries in college and has done very little in the NFL even though he’s stayed rather healthy.
The 2011 offseason gave Hills his best chance to show his commitment to playing football when he showed up to Steelers’ training camp with his weight up to 330lbs and ONLY 13% BODY FAT.
Twenty-five pounds heavier with very little fat on his body, Hills looked prepped to lock himself in as a starter somewhere on the line. Practicing at LT and RG, he was challenging for the starting RG spot late in training camp but the Steelers decided there were others that were better suited to protect Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers waived Hills at final cuts.
Hills was soon signed by the Denver Broncos, yet played in none of the teams’ games.
As the Broncos entered training camp this offseason, Hills was listed as their 3rd-string RG. He clearly, was not valued and wasn’t expected to make the team. That’s why, when he was released at the end of training camp this year, he was out of work for a few weeks, until the Colts called, offering him a spot on their practice squad.
Let us hope that Hills doesn’t have to play today, or any other game for the matter, unless he really has turned a corner his career.
As with Addison earlier in the week, the Colts were forced to cut a guy in WR Kris Adams, who really played well in the pre-season. Even though Adams looked like a contributor at times in preseason games, he has yet to really do much in the regular season.
Adams will be available for another team to claim from waivers any time before 4pm EST on Monday. It could happen, though I’m not sure it will.
It’s a calculated risk, as again, Adams is a player 3 teams had given up on before he got his chance in Indy. Unless his preseason tape impressed a team with little depth at WR, we very well could see Adams back on the PS come Monday evening.
If we see Adams in street clothes on the sideline today, that’s exactly what the Colts intend to see happen as well.