Colts fans were recipients of more injury bad news on Friday, which is sadly something that we should be used to by now.
Game availability: Out: Bradshaw, Francois, Landry; Questionable: Lefeged; Probable: Angerer, Bethea, Hilton, Satele.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) September 27, 2013
The most unexpected news is that Ahmad Bradshaw, arguably the Colts' offensive MVP in their win over the 49ers, will miss the Jaguars game with a neck injury. Bradshaw reportedly was feeling some discomfort in his neck after the Colts' upset 27-7 win, and it seems that it has not faded this week. In his stead, newly-signed Trent Richardson will have a big role, as will the widely-maligned Donald Brown.
Ricky Jean Francois, who left the aforementioned game with a groin injury, will also miss the Jaguars game. Fili Moala, who currently has PFF's highest pass-rush grade for a Colts defensive lineman, will fill the void. LaRon Landry will miss his second-straight game with an ankle injury, with Delano Howell starting in his place.
For the Colts, starters missing games with injuries is an all-too familiar trend.
By my count, the Colts have lost 10 games to starters this season (Allen, Ballard, Angerer and Thomas missing two, Satele and Landry missing one) and will lose at least six more this week (The three above plus Ballard, Thomas and Allen on IR).
For a team with so many questions already, the injuries can be devastating. Of course, it's not too much of a concern this week against Jacksonville, who is one of the worst teams in recent memory, but when the Colts face Seattle, Denver and Houston in three of their next four games, the effect is magnified.
The Colts' teams under Bill Polian often struggled with injuries, and that was often erroneously attributed to the style of players that Polian favored (smaller, faster). The Colts employ a very different roster under Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano, and yet injuries continue to pile up. Is it something in the water, or something to do with the training and medical staff?
It's impossible to know, but the Colts were 30th in Football Outsiders' adjusted games lost (AGL) last season after being 28th in 2011. The Colts were 31st in 2009 and 2010, and 24th in 2008, the first year that FO introduced the metric. So yes, the injury bad luck that seems so bad in Naptown really is that bad.
I dunno, look around the league at other key injuries. It's not out of the ordinary. Look at the Texans: key offensive lineman injuries, Andre Johnson injury, Arian Foster... and so on. How did the Texans figure in the adjusted games lost?
I would think at this point that there should be some eyes staring squarely at the strength and conditioning coaches. I understand that injuries are part of the game but at the consistency and number of years that it has been...you can take bad luck out of the equation imho.
That last paragraph has me wondering what the numbers were in comparison to other teams. Was being #30 a couple injuries past #1 or was the difference truly shocking? If we really are injured a lot more than the average team, then yes, I think you have to look hard at the training and medical staff.
@buymymonkey Houston lost an adjusted 40.5 games last year (8th) and 50.1 in 2011 (11th). The Colts lost 92.5 (30th) and 84.7 (28th).
@smonroe The 49ers lost and adjusted 16.2 games last year (#1) to the Colts' 92.5.