ANDERSON – Brandon McKinney’s Colts career has yet to really start, considering he missed all but a few preseason games in 2012 with a torn ACL.
His chance to get on the field got delayed for at least another year as the Colts placed the nose tackle on injured reserve late Tuesday afternoon.
McKinney was brought over from Baltimore after playing four years with the Ravens. The former Michigan State defender made his debut with the San Diego Chargers, who picked him up as an undrafted free agent in 2006.
Against Washington in the third preseason game last August, McKinney tore his ACL and never returned to the field. His progress to return wasn’t good enough to bring him back to the field for the 2013 season so he will once again be on the sidelines.
In 61 career games, McKinney has 82 tackles with one forced fumble.
Put On The Pads
The Colts officially reported for training camp Saturday, and held lengthy afternoon practice sessions Sunday and Monday at Anderson University. However on Day 3, if feels like training camp is officially underway as the players are wearing pads for the Tuesday afternoon practice.
“It will be good, guys are going to be flying around today making plays, football is really starting now,” said running back Donald Brown when asked if the players were ready for the pads.
Head coach Chuck Pagano was obviously excited about starting the next phase of training camp.
“Players are eager, coaches are as well very eager to see how these guys perform in pads and see who is going to knock somebody off the ball and who is going to get knocking back up front. What we tell them is, we want to be competitive, but not combative. We’ve gotta take care of each other, so we don’t want to certainly lose anybody just because we’ve got the pads on. You’ve gotta learn how to practice in pads, and we’ll stress that big-time,” said Pagano prior to the padded workout.
Bradshaw watching and waiting:
One of the many newcomers to the Colts 2013 roster is running back Ahmad Bradshaw. However, he is not actually listed on the roster just yet. Bradshaw is beginning the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but he doesn’t expect an extended absence.
“It’s a process for me. I’m just taking it slow, just to be ready as soon as I touch that field in a couple weeks,” said Bradshaw. He also doesn’t appear overly concerned about getting action during the preseason. “I don’t think so, I’ve played enough of them,” added Bradshaw with a chuckle.
(This story will be updated at the conclusion of Tuesday’s afternoon practice)