Colts’ notebook: Injury temporarily sidelines Ryan Kelly
ANDERSON, Ind. – It’s never a good sign when a player of note is standing, looking and dealing with an injury as practice unfolds.
That was the case Sunday. Over the final 90 minutes of practice at Anderson University, Ryan Kelly was standing, watching. He had pulled off his pads and at one point had a wrap on his left shoulder.
A team spokesman said Kelly’s situation wasn’t serious and coach Chuck Pagano would provide an update Monday morning.
Injuries have been an issue during the first week of camp. Rookie safety T.J. Green suffered a strained left calf that has kept him out of the last couple of days and wide receiver Brian Tyms suffered an undisclosed injury Friday that resulted in him being placed on the injured reserve list. There also has been the normal assortment of sprains and heat-related issues.
The sight of Kelly standing without pads, though, caused more than a little anxiety. The team selected him with the 18th overall pick in the draft and immediately penciled him in as the starting center. Kelly is supposed to provide stability at a position that has featured five starters since Andrew Luck’s arrival in 2012.
With Kelly out, Jon Harrison took over. Rookie Austin Blythe also got limited work with the starting unit.
No. 21 for No. 4
Adam Vinatieri is immersed in his 21st training camp. Sort of.
“Twenty-first in the NFL, and if you count NFL Europe, it’s 22,’’ he said. “But who’s counting?’’
Despite what can be a monotonous time on the NFL calendar, Vinatieri insisted he’s never taken his position on the roster for granted as training camp unfolds.
“It would be easy to feel that way,’’ he said. “For me, complacency is one of those things that . . . we may not have another kicker in camp, but there’s a thousand guys out there waiting for me to screw up.
“I feel pressure or I feel the need to compete every single day.’’
As soon as a player’s game shows signs of slippage, he is expendable.
“Oh, for sure,’’ Vinatieri said. “The NFL, it’s a production type of league. It’s all about winning games.
“If you can help your team win games, you’ll be around. If you don’t, not very long.’’
Consider Vinatieri the voice of experience. He’s the NFL’s oldest active player at 43. And he’s heading into his 21st season, his 11th with the Colts.
Play of the day
Leave it to Luck and T.Y. Hilton to draw an ovation from the crowd of 4,258, the largest of camp thus far.
During red-zone work, Luck delivered a pass in the back of the end zone to Hilton, who was covered by linebacker Sio Moore. Hilton snatched the ball and quickly tapped both feet near the back end line. The official signaled touchdown although it’s debatable whether the play would have held up upon review.
Hilton flashed his mid-season form, breaking into his “T-Y’’ celebration.
The team signed free-agent tight end Konrad Rueland and waived tight end Nick Truesdell. Truesdell’s time with the team was brief. He had been signed Friday.
On Saturday, the Colts placed wide receiver Brian Tyms on injured reserve. He left Friday’s practice early and trainers placed a wrap around his ribs.