With about a week of training camp in the books, the Indianapolis Colts have already had their biggest news of the offseason occur, and it was only on the second day.
Colts running back Vick Ballard has a tear in his left Achilles and is officially out for the upcoming season. This is not only a huge blow to the Colts backfield, but to Ballard as well. Ballard hasn’t played since a stellar rookie season in 2012 after suffering an ACL injury before the 2013 campaign began. These two back-to-back season-ending injuries could have the Colts thinking about Ballard’s future. I am not saying they would part ways, but you never know.
That has been the biggest downfall from camp so far. But there have been some big winners at camp so far:
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is coming off a season-ending ACL injury and according to numerous reports, he hasn’t missed a step. Even with Wayne at 35-years-old, ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell went to Twitter saying Wayne “looks amazing.” Coming off an ACL injury as significant as Wayne’s is always a question to how the player will look once he comes back, so the fact he is playing out of his mind makes him a big winner early on.
Watching him in practice today, would never have guessed WR Reggie Wayne is returning from ACL surgery. Looks amazing.
— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) July 28, 2014
With this report and other ones coming from Colts camp talking about Wayne’s health, the Colts look to be in business this upcoming season with the three-headed monster they are about to unleash. With receivers Hakeem Nicks and T.Y. Hilton in the mix, a healthy Wayne can only lead to a happy quarterback in Andrew Luck.
Switching from offense to defense, outside linebacker Bjoern Werner has shined early in camp. Werner will be filling in the shoes of outside linebacker Robert Mathis as he sits for four games this season due to a suspension. After a rookie season that had Werner looked at as a first-round bust, the 23-year-old linebacker has been on top of his game this camp.
Werner has made defensive plays this camp that have caught the eyes of coaches looking to see improvement from him. After having made big defensive plays on the first day of camp, Werner made a sack during a two-minute drill on Monday. According to Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen, Werner “has received high marks from players and coaches and Monday was another solid practice for the Colts 2013 first round pick.”
These aren’t the only players who are shining in Colts camp, but they sure are the ones whose impact early in camp can lead to huge success in the season.