Posts tagged Jordan Hemby
Questioning the Toughness of Players like the Colts Sanders or Gonzalez is “Ignorant”
Ross Tucker of ESPN wrote a story yesterday regarding an oft-discussed issue with injured NFL players, particularly ones who miss time more often than fans think they should. His response is clear, questioning the toughness of NFL players because they suffer from injuries that hold them out of long stretches of football games, even multiple times, is ignorant.
Too often fans and a lot of writers in the media, particularly fan writers on blogs, will throw around labels like “injury prone” or say things like a player is not “tough enough” to play professional football. These comments are almost always uninformed, lack depth, and are only written because those writing the comments are ignorant to the kinds of injuries players often suffer, the gravity of those injuries, and the difficulty of overcoming not only the pain but the rigorous rehabilitation processes that go along with them. More >
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 >
State of the Colts Franchise: Preseason Defense
The Indianapolis Colts have run just over 80 players through an absolute gamut over the last three weeks of training camp and the early preseason. During this process the front office and coaching staff have assessed and developed players who will eventually fill the Colts regular season roster and practice squad. All of the hard work, sweat, long days, and intense studying will come to a head on August 31 and September 4, when the NFL mandates that teams cut their rosters down to 75 and 53, respectively.
I had the amazing opportunity to watch eight of the Colts training camp sessions in-person, along with two preseason games on television — which I have broken down more than once. With this backdrop, the following story will discuss which players Colts fans can expect to make some noise in the remaining preseason games, and which players may surprise by making the final roster, or by failing to make it.
Jordan Hemby Out for the Season
The Colts released news this morning that Jordan Hemby suffered a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills. This injury will cause Hemby to miss the 2010 season. Hemby was an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina, signed in April of this year.
Colts vs. Bills: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Dreadful
This week the Colts played a strange game, to say the least. The first team was hot and cold, while the second team was good overall, with some players redeeming themselves and some simply standing out. Individual efforts were incapable of bringing home a victory for the Colts. Still, we discuss who looked good and who disappointed below.
2010 State of the Colts Franchise: Defense
In the second part of the Colts “State of the Franchise” series we will take a look at the defensive side of the ball, position-by-position. Then fans can speculate about which positions might need more work with potential free agents before training camp and preseason play begins.
Colts Players Bowl Over the Summer
I have been following as many Colts players as I can this off-season on Twitter and Facebook to get an idea of what the players do in their spare time (no pun intended), and have been amazed at how much and how competitive so many players have been to this point at bowling alleys. Recently Jerraud Powers announced as a point of pride that he had joined the “200 Club,” finally surpassing a score of 200 at the lanes.
To be honest, watching it all play out has been enjoyable because the team is building camaraderie and friendship off the field. When Powers announced his accomplishment, Taj Smith was quick to congratulate him. It is kind of cool to get a small glimpse into the kind of thing the players do for fun during their time off, and to see that they stick together.
Rookie Jordan Hemby recently tweeted a question about why it rains so much in Indianapolis. I responded, telling him that it was partially due to the fact that the jet stream runs right through central and northern Indiana, meaning that much of the inclement weather that crosses the country runs right through the state. He responded that it was “crazy.”
Jacques McClendon has spent much of his time recently discussing his experience at the rookie symposium in California. He has commented that he has learned a lot and sat next to Cris Carter in first class on his way back from the symposium on Wednesday. McClendon said he, “got some valuable info from him on what to expect.”
Third-year linebacker Philip Wheeler spent time in Atlanta playing softball with Braves great Dale Murphy and NBA on TNT television personality Craig Sager.
Pictures and a video from some of the Colts players’ summer activities follow.
Colts Mini-Camp Roster Predictions: Defense
The other side of the ball for the Colts promises to be even more interesting as the summer plays out. The number of familiar faces out the team’s defensive depth is incredibly thin. New players will have to step up to replace names like Freddie Keiaho, Tyjuan Hagler, Marlin Jackson, Tim Jennings, and Raheem Brock.
2010 Colts: Is the Defense Better or Worse?
The ultimate goal during the off-season for any NFL franchise is to improve the team. There are many ways to evaluate whether a team improves or takes a step backward, the most common of which is only possible at the end of each season; record and playoff run. For the Colts, improving on the 2009 version of the team by this measure is only possible if Indianapolis brings home its second Lombardi Trophy.
There is another time that it is worthwhile to consider where a team stands compared to its prior season, the off-season. What is fun about this time is that the evaluation is far more subjective but the ultimate importance of it could have greater implications, it gives fans a reason to be excited about the coming season or a reason to temper expectations.