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Chip Vaughn was signed to the team on October 25, after spending time with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. The Training Room takes a look at the investment from a medical perspective.
Vaughn’s injury history is refreshingly clean. There are no reports of injuries before his rookie season with the Saints, when he underwent surgery before the first preseason game to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The primary question is why Vaughn was placed on IR for what is usually a shorter term recovery.
There are two courses of action to address a torn meniscus: either a meniscectomy (removal of the torn fragment), or an actual repair. Full recovery from a meniscectomy is typically a four-to-eight week process. Recovery from a meniscal repair takes much longer because of the poor blood supply to the area; it may require 6-12 months before the athlete can return to the field.
Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. It is often said that “NFL” stands for “Not For Long,” and this idea flies in the face of teams who have had sustained success, particularly in the salary cap era. Somehow, someway, the Indianapolis Colts are a team that have found a way to be nearly immune to the forces at play in professional football that exist to make it next to impossible for teams to dominate.
If the Colts are going to continue their success in 2010, it has become clear that they will have to overcome a rash of injuries to key players. In some ways, the task seems insurmountable. The likelihood that the Colts can maintain their record of consecutive 12-win seasons shrinks by the week and by the day. How or why should fans expect the streak to continue, foresee a playoff berth, or have even a shroud of hope that the Colts could actually compete for another chance to play for a world championship?
The reason is pretty easy to locate. Over the last five years the Colts have had to overcome adversity, perform in the face of obvious team weaknesses, and have regularly been considered one of the best teams in the league — and one of the top contenders to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. In all but one of those years they have dealt with the loss of key players for dozens of games. Take a look. More >
AFC West: Regular and Postseason Predictions
The season is here, so naturally it is time to look ahead to the playoffs. No? This eight-part series takes a look at each division and discusses the outlook for every team in the NFL — in both the regular season and playoffs.
TEAM: San Diego Chargers
RECORD: 12-4 | Win the Division
REASON: Although the Chargers appeared to be a team on the decline last year, that should change in 2010. Their defense is still respectable, although they do have some concerns along the defensive line. Offensively, the Chargers have lost LaDainian Tomlinson, once the best rusher in the league, but one who seems to have lost his legs. They drafted running back Ryan Matthews to replace Tomlinson, who should reinvigorate their ground game, so long as their offensive line can hold up. The biggest advantage for the Chargers over the rest of their division is the play of quarterback Phillip Rivers. More >
Joseph Addai: 2010 Sleeper Pick
Posted by Rohan Bhasin in Fantasy Football | 1,472 views
The Indianapolis Colts possess one of the most potent offenses in the history of the NFL, largely in part to the stellar quarterback play of Peyton Manning. There seems to be this notion that whoever lines up beside Manning is a worthy fantasy option. Whether it’s Wayne running slants, Garçon breaking tackles, Collie running through the slot, or Gonzalez showing off his great hands, the Colts have a plethora of options at the WR position. All of them have quite a bit of fantasy value and the team’s number two target, Dallas Clark, hasn’t even been mentioned.
Lombardi Believes Contract Concerns will Cost the Colts Close Games
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com wrote a story today predicting the success of teams in the AFC. While he sees the Indianapolis Colts as one of two AFC teams most likely to get to the Super Bowl, his positive outlook is tempered by contract concerns.
Yet my one slight concern is that the Colts have some contract problems running rampant in their locker room — much like the Chargers – and typically those problems always seem to prevent teams winning the close games. Will these problems be enough to alter their close game record in 2010? Something tells me yes is the correct answer to that question.
One has to think that he is primarily concerned about Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, and Robert Mathis. He does not mention the players by name, but I think he is selling the players and the Colts’ organization short to think that the off-field financial concerns will affect the team’s on-field play.
Colts 2011 Super Bowl Favorites
A whole lot will happen between now and serious discussions about who has the best shot to win Super Bowl XLV. One of those things, which is typically rather frustrating for fans in Indianapolis, is that the so-called experts will generate predictions many will find unsatisfying.
For one reason or another, despite the Colts unmatched regular season success and Bill Polian’s reputation for getting the most out of his players, sports media tend to short-sell Indy’s post-season projections. NFL Odds makers see things differently, listing the Colts as favorites to win their second championship in five seasons.