Colts Monday Notebook: Eric Ebron Made Decision To Go On Injured Reserve

Colts Monday Notebook: Eric Ebron Made Decision To Go On Injured Reserve

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Colts Monday Notebook: Eric Ebron Made Decision To Go On Injured Reserve

What did Frank Reich have to say about Eric Ebron going on injured reserve? Also, a few other injury questions with the Colts entering the final month of the year.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The surprising news of Eric Ebron going on injured reserve was something Frank Reich didn’t see coming at all until last week.

And the suddenness of Ebron having to go on injured reserve brings a few questions.

On Monday, Reich said he was not aware of “anything significant” with Ebron’s ankle issues until last week.

“He came in last week and it had flared up on him. Prior to that, no problems with it, practice or play,” Reich said.

Given that Ebron had missed just 1 total practice all season with an ankle ailment (back on October 31st), it was odd to see him go on IR, particularly after he finished the Houston game and spoke to the media afterwards, expressing the need to turn things around in the final month of the season.

When asked specifically on Monday if the Colts considered giving Ebron a week or two of rest, with the Colts not desperately needing his roster spot, Reich said:

“We talked Eric through it and this was the decision. He just felt like he was at a position, with how it was feeling to him, that this is what he had to do.”

Reich did mention that Ebron had an MRI prior to the start of Training Camp, but that didn’t reveal anything major. Ebron had spring off-season surgery on his groin.

“It was nothing that was limiting him in practice. It didn’t limit him in Training Camp. It didn’t limit him in the season or for practice,” the head coach said. “Then last week sometime, I don’t know if it flared up in practice or if it was a result from a previous game, but that’s really the first time that it flared up to the point where it affected him as far as practice (the Colts did not practice on a short week).”

Ebron, who will be a free agent in 2020, took to Twitter on Monday to explain his reasoning for going on injured reserve:

“Unfortunately, I have been dealing with an ankle injury since the beginning of the season,” Ebron wrote. “Up to this point, the team and I have done everything in our power to manage the pain and get me out there each and every week. My goal was to push off surgery until the offseason, but at this point, the pain became unbearable and I can no longer give my team and the fans a worthwhile version of myself. Although I am sad that my season has to come to an end, I am anxious to begin the recovery process so I can come back next season healthier and better than ever!”

Taking Ebron’s place on the roster is TE-Ross Travis, who has caught 10 balls in 21 career games.

“Ross has some of the same skillset that Eric has,” Reich said of a guy who spent the entire 2019 offseason with the Colts. “Obviously, not as accomplished as Eric is in his career, but can run and move like Eric in many ways and built similarly. Ross knows the system, so we feel that he’ll be able to plug back in and provide some playmaking ability for us.”

Here are some other takeaways from Reich and the Colts on Monday:

  • Frank Reich confirmed RB-Marlon Mack (hand) won’t play this Sunday. Mack’s absence could extend deeper into December.
  • Reich did say there’s a chance that rookie wideout Parris Campbell returns this weekend against Tennessee. Campbell hasn’t played since November 3rd.  “There is a possibility, but we are not there yet,” Reich said when asked about Campbell playing against the Titans.
  • One thing to monitor this week, and moving forward, will be T.Y. Hilton getting back to his normal workload. Against the Texans, Hilton played just 25 of 67 of the team’s offensive snaps. “I don’t think he had any setback,” Reich said when asked how Hilton came out of the Houston game. “He did feel a little tightness in the game, but nothing that was a major setback. I think he knew that he wasn’t all the way back. But to his credit, and his workouts, coming up to the game that he felt good enough that he knew that he could give us a limited snap count. The docs felt good about that. We intentionally didn’t take him vertical down the field too many times to put that kind of volume on his calf.”
  • Some good news came on Monday for those still holding onto the Quincy Wilson hope. When the Colts made an afternoon roster move on Monday, they decided to part ways with CB-Shakial Taylor, and not Wilson. Remember, it was Taylor dressing over Wilson earlier this month. Now, an ankle injury for Taylor had him inactive for the Houston game, but he was not waived/injured, which means his health didn’t contribute to this move. So, Wilson maintains his 53-man roster spot after he dressed, but played just 2 total snaps against the Texans (both of those snaps came on special teams).
  • Speaking of that open roster spot, it was filled later on Monday by veteran TE-Matt Lengel. At 6-6 aand 266 pounds, Lengel comes to Indy after playing in 18 career games for the Patriots, Browns and Bengals. The Colts now have 4 tight ends on their 53-man roster: Jack Doyle, Mo Alie-Cox, Ross Travis, Matt Lengel.
  • If the Colts want to call up Devin Funchess this weeked, they have to make another roster move. “We are going to monitor that this week,” Frank Reich said of possibly calling Funchess up to the 53-man roster. “We have to make sure (the clavicle) is 100 percent healed, so we’ll monitor that this week and see how it goes.” The Colts have until next Wednesday (December 4th) before having to decide whether to promote Funchess to the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Funchess has mentioned before that his bone must fully heal before he’s cleared for game action.
  • Colts players returned to Indianapolis on Monday, coming off their mini bye weekend. The team will officially get back to work on Tuesday, before returning to practice on Wednesday.

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