The Colts are getting some tough injury news, as NFL Network’s Adam Schefter is reporting that defensive tackle Anthony McFarland is going to miss the season after suffering a knee injury. McFarland suffered a torn ACL according to reports, while the Indy Star says he injured his patella tendon. The report says that either injury would spell an end to McFarland’s season. The team is running tests on the big tackle. Tony Dungy said Saturday that McFarland was one of a few players who underwent a MRI in Indianapolis.
The 29-year-old enters his 9th season, his second with the Colts after coming over in a deal with the Bucs. The injury took place one day after the team terminated the contract of DT Corey Simon. Last season McFarland played in all 16 games, making 41 tackles, and 2.5 sacks. The Colts allowed 173 yards per game on the ground, 5.3 yards per carry. They did shore up in the playoffs, as the defense got better as the postseason went along, and by the Super Bowl were a force in stopping the Bears running game.
Reserves at the DT position include Darrell Reid, Dan Klecko, Quinn Pitcock and Keyunta Dawson. Only Reid and Klecko have ever started a game, and just four between them. Pitcock was a third-round pick, and Dawson a 7th-round pick.