Posts tagged Brett Swenson
UPDATE: I misread the Rotoworld entry on Robert Mathis, and inadvertently marked him as a free agent beginning this year. Thankfully, he is under contract for one more year. Post updated to reflect this. Apologies for any confusion!
For all intents and purposes, the 2011 season has begun for the Indianapolis Colts. And if the team were preparing for their first game of the 2011 season, Curtis Painter would be lining up under center and Brett Swenson would be practicing tee shots.
OK, OK, it’s sensationalist and nobody expects that to actually happen. Owner Jim Irsay has gone on record as saying that the Colts will make Peyton Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL. And after Adam Vinatieri’s season, in which he went 29 of 31 (including the playoffs), and was perfect on 52 XPs, it is hard to imagine the Colts wouldn’t do what is necessary to re-sign him. Vinatieri has also expressed an interest in completing his career in Indy. But what does the roster currently look like to start 2011?
The Colts are in a situation that has become all too familiar for fans each year. They have suffered a rash of season-ending injuries, starting in rookie mini-camp, with third-round cornerback Kevin Thomas. The Colts added four more defensive backs to that list: including veteran safety Jamie Silva, safety David Caldwell, safety Donye’ McCleskey, and cornerback Jordan Hemby — each were lost during training camp and preseason.
Tight end Tom Santi and kicker Brett Swenson also failed to make it to the regular season. Since the season’s start, linebacker Ramon Humber has been waived due to injury and starters Bob Sanders, Clint Session, Pierre Garçon, Charlie Johnson, and Anthony Gonzalez have all suffered injuries that have kept them out of games. Starting linebacker Clint Session’s replacement, rookie Kavell Conner, suffered a broken bone in his left foot in Denver that will keep him out for weeks as well. Even 2007 second-round pick Tony Ugoh suffered a toe injury that led to his release from the club. More >
A Good Sign for Adam Vinatieri?
Mike Chappell of the Indy Star wrote a story discussing the Colts progress signing this year’s draft picks. At the end of the story, Chappell reported that the Colts waived kicker Brett Swenson.
What could make this move significant is that Adam Vinatieri missed most of the 2009 season with injuries, and underwent right hip and knee surgeries. When Vinatieri went down, the Colts signed veteran kicker Matt Stover, who has been in the league since 1990.
Colts Rookie Wide Receiver Used to Challenges
Shannon Shelton, of Free Press, wrote a story covering Blair White’s journey from walk-on at Michigan State to undrafted rookie trying to make a talent-full Colts’ wide receiver roster. Blair discusses how he has learned from his past experiences and comments on how having former teammates Brett Swenson and Trevor Anderson going through the process with him makes it a bit easier. I encourage you to visit Shelton’s story but share some of White’s words after the jump.