After not missing a single game in his career in the NFL, the guard of the Indianapolis Colts, Quenton nelson, will be out for at least three weeks after being placed in the injured reserve list this saturday for a sprained upper right ankle.
Nelson he was already scheduled to miss his first game since arriving at the NFL as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 draft when he was ruled out of the game against the Miami Dolphins on Friday. He had started 51 games, plus three playoff games, before this week.
He suffered the injury in the ankle during the first half of the defeat of the Colts in Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans.
The low of Nelson, an All-Pro in each of his first three seasons, is a significant blow to an offensive line that is already plagued with problems with the Colts, who have allowed eight sacks and 31 hits to the quarterback in the first three weeks of the season.
The block carry rate of 75.5 percent of Nelson He is the highest among the guards of the NFL since he came to the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His 95 percent pass block success rate is the third highest among guards in that same span.
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Chris Reed is expected to start as left guard for the Colts against the Dolphins.
“An elite leader, not just an elite player,” said head coach Frank Reich about Nelson. “We will raise the energy.”
The Colts, who are trying to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2011, previously ruled out starting right tackle Braden Smith (foot / thumb), pass rusher Kwity Paye (hamstring), cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (ankle) and safety Khari Willis (ankle / groin).
Indianapolis raised quarterback Brett Hundley and safety Ibraheim Campbell to the active roster for Sunday’s game.
Information from Mike Wells was used in the writing of this note.