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INDIANAPOLIS – Add another injury and another surgery to the unfortunate rookie season for Parris Campbell.
A broken foot suffered by Campbell early in Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers has sent the rookie wideout to injured reserve with three games remaining this season.
Campbell broke his foot on this play with less than two minutes to go in the first quarter. He came out for a play, but went back in and finished the game with 3 catches for 12 yards and 31 snaps played.
Here is the play Parris Campbell broke his foot on late in the 1st quarter.
He finished the game and made 3 catches, playing 31-of-63 snaps. pic.twitter.com/oboMAWrw1O
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) December 9, 2019
When Campbell was healthy in 2019, he struggled to find the explosive playmaking that many thought was coming from him.
In 7 games played this year, Campbell caught just 18 balls for 121 yards and had 4 carries for 34 yards. His 7.1 yards per reception was the smallest on the team of any Colts wide receiver or tight end.
Even with Campbell’s injury riddled season and the lack of big plays post-touch, Reich is bullish on his future.
On Monday, Reich sat down with Campbell to express how the organization still views the second-round pick from April.
“He’s had a tough stretch of injuries, but the future is bright for him,” Reich said of Campbell on Monday.
“I just reassured him of our confidence and belief in him. As a player, no matter what round you’re picked or no matter what kind of college career you’ve had, you go through a year like he’s had to go through, it can wear on you. It’s personal and it’s real for us. As an organization, we love Parris. As a player who has experienced injuries, I just tried to have a heart-to-heart with him on what category to put these things in and just for him to stay positive, keep believing and get ready to go for next year.”
Last Friday, Campbell commented on the ‘roller coaster’ of emotions he has endured in his rookie season, dealing with so many injuries.
Sunday was his first game played in a month. Campbell had been sidelined for a month after having surgery on a broken right hand, which occurred in a November 3rd loss to the Steelers.
Along with the broken foot and hand, Campbell was out for two games in October following hernia surgery.
Campbell also missed a month of practice time in camp as a hamstring injury forced him to sit out the first three preseason games.
In total, that’s 4 different injuries since late July, with 3 different surgeries needed.
This is all for a guy who was extremely healthy during his final three seasons at Ohio State.
An abbreviated rookie season still allowed Campbell to get a taste of the NFL, which Reich thinks will aid his development.
“Even for a young, first year player (Campbell) was such a pro. He was always in it mentally,” Reich said.
“It was not like he was hurt early in camp and went on IR. No. He was on the roster. He played in games. His mind was in it the whole year. I think that will serve him well next year.”