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Friday, August 29, 2014

Colts Injury Update: Joe Reitz Out With High Ankle Sprain

By on 8/29/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Indianapolis Colts preseason finale against the Cincinnati went from bad to worse after the game. Offensive linemen Joe Reitz went down last night with an ankle injury which turned out to be a high ankle sprain, per Mike Chappell.

The Colts are incredibly thin at the offensive line position, they have lost four linemen over the course of one month. Going into training camp the Colts offensive line looked impressive and had depth, the injury to Reitz will put him out at least four to six weeks if not longer. With a week left until the NFL season kicks off the Colts will have some serious work to do in order to fix the offensive line position.

A high ankle sprain especially to a offensive linemen can be a tricky injury to come back from. High ankle sprains typically occur due to an excessive amount of dorsiflexion at the ankle or if another player falls on the back of their foot. The space between the tibia and fibula widens and typically does not require surgery unless there is excessive gaping or fractures. The rehabilitation period will start with Reitz in a walking foot for at least two weeks. If the Colts want to be a true contender this season they will need to find a fix at the offensive line position and they need to find it soon. With the reinstatement of Richie Incognito into the NFL this may be a possible solution but there are reports he may be on his way to Tampa Bay.

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