Anthony Castonzo has MCL sprain, will likely the be ready for opener

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INDIANAPOLIS – In an otherwise upbeat night, Anthony Castonzo’s injury was a negative that lingered after the team’s 27-6 win over the Browns.

On Sunday head coach Chuck Pagano calmed those fears down when he announced that the starting offensive tackle has just an MCL sprain and would likely return for the team’s opener against Oakland on September 8th.

“Got the MRI and it, like we talked last night, pretty much came back as a mild MCL sprain,” said Pagano of Castonzo. “The MRI was pretty much negative. It wasn’t as bad as anybody anticipated, so he’s going to be day-to-day.

“He won’t play, obviously, in this next contest but hopefully be ready for the opener.”

Castonzo, the Colts’ first round draft pick in 2011, has 28 career starts for the team, including every game in 2012 and the Wild Card Playoff game at Baltimore.

Wide receiver Nathan Palmer also has an MCL sprain but his is more serious and will require four-to-six weeks of recovery according to Pagano.

Headed to injured reserve is linebacker Lawrence Sidbury, who is done for the year with a shoulder injury.

“He’s probably going to, obviously, have to have surgery done on it but he’s just going to make sure that he finds the right guy to do the surgery,” said Pagano of Sidbury. “I can’t give you the medical terms right now exactly what it is at this time.”


When the Colts take the field in Cincinnati on Thursday night for their final preseason game, the team will have 15 less player than the did when the faced the Browns Saturday.

The team must trim the roster from 90 to 75 by Tuesday and they’ve already taken care of most of those with a round of cuts Sunday.

Those who were let go by the team include: CB-Johnny Adams, CB-Allen Chapman, G-Danous Estenor, DT-Kellen Heard, P/K-Brandon McManus, RB-Davin Meggett, LB-C.O. Prime, C-Rick Schmeig and S-Ashante Williams.

Wide receiver Maurice Williams was waived with an injury settlement while cornerback Teddy Williams was waived/injured, according to the team.

The team still has a few more cuts to make before the Tuesday deadline.