INDIANAPOLIS – For a brief moment, a season flashed before Anthony Castonzo.
Hit in the back of the knees while blocking with a Browns defender early in Saturday’s preseason game, the Colts’ offensive tackle feared the worst when he felt pain in his right knee.
It forced him immediately to the sidelines, where he sat on the bench for most of the first half until being taken back to the locker room late in the second quarter.
“You always do,” said Castonzo when asked if he feared for the worst when he was injured Saturday. “When it happened, you kind of get rolled up on, you start thinking about all the hard work you put in the offseason and to get that news that it’s only going to be a short-term thing was very good.”
That issue is an MCL Sprain which will keep the third-year tackle on the sidelines for the Colts’ fourth and final preseason game against the Bengals on Thursday. Still Castonzo is hopeful to begin the season on the line when the Colts face the Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 8th.
“Oh yeah, definitely. It was definitely very good news to hear that it was just going to be a minor thing that was not going to cut into the season.,” said Castonzo. “Kind of just taking it day-by-day, hoping that yeah, that will be plenty. My goal is to be ready for Oakland.”
If not someone else will be ready to help out-and it’s a player whose had a switch of position in 2013. Primarily a guard in 2012, Joe Reitz has been moved to tackle during training camp and was the first sub in for Castonzo when he left the game.
Head coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Reitz will stay in the starting spot for the preseason finale against the Bengals.
“We know Joe’s an athletic guy, a big guy and got size for that position, obviously,” said Pagano of Reitz. “He came in and did a nice job.”
For Reitz the opportunity to play gives him a chance to show off his abilities at the tackle position and make himself a viable option for both sides of the line. Reitz credited Castonzo for helping him transition to tackle during the Anderson training camp and believes it will help his chances of seeing more playing time in 2013.
“Wherever I can fit on the offensive line. Guard, tackle, wherever you can fit in,” said Reitz. “The more versatility, the better, I guess. I’m just happy to be in the mix and in the rotation and to be playing.”
Reitz is the first to admit, however, he hopes that someone else will be in the left tackle spot come the Raiders game.
“It was unfortunate to see him go down but he’s as tough as they come so if anybody can get back there quick, it’s going to be him,” said Reitz of Castonzo-even if at first it didn’t appear that way.