WESTFIELD, Ind. – As expected, Rigoberto Sanchez’s season is over.

A magnetic resonance imaging test revealed the Indianapolis Colts’ veteran punter tore an Achilles tendon, according to a team spokesperson. The injury occurred as the Colts closed Tuesday’s practice by running a series of sprints.

The team anticipated the worst-case scenario, and that’s what the MRI revealed. Sanchez soon will be placed on the injured reserve list.

His loss is a major one for coordinator Bubba Ventrone’s special teams.

Sanchez, 27, has been the Colts’ punter since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and winning a 2017 training camp competition with free agent Jeff Locke. He also has been the holder on placement kicks and handled kickoffs.

Over his 79-game career, Sanchez has averaged 45.1 yards per kick with a net average of 41.4.

COVID Strikes Ryan Kelly

Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly did not practice Wednesday due to COVID-19. He will not be available for the Colts’ preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.

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