The Indianapolis Colts have put linebacker Trent Cole on the injured reserve (IR) list. NFL rumors state that the 33-year-old is dealing with a back injury that’s why he is being shut down early in the 2016 regular season.
Cole, who signed a two-year $14 million deal with the Colts in 2015, has not been a productive player in Indianapolis last season forcing him to take a pay cut for the 2016 season.
ESPN confirmed the team’s decision to put him in the IR list but it’s not clear if it’s the back injury that’s the reason or if any other injury.
Cole was a reliable pass rushing for his first team, the Philadelphia Eagles, from 2005 to 2014. However, he recorded just 32 combined tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles last season for the Colts.
Without the veteran linebacker, the Colts will go to Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, Akeem Ayers and Curt Maggit in the position. Cole is eligible for return if he’s healthy enough in the latter part of the season.
The Colts are just 1-2 to start the 2016 season. They lost to the Detroit Lions, 39-35 and Denver Broncos, 34-20 in their first two games and won against the San Diego Chargers, 26-22 last Sunday.
Indianapolis is reportedly searching for Cole’s replacement either through trades or the free agent market.
“We are going to have to figure that thing out and see how the game goes and how it plays out. It’s a tough deal. Trent is a warrior. He aggravated that thing, that back, in the game on Sunday. More than likely he is going to have to have a procedure done. It’s a shame,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano stated via ESPN.com.
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The Colts will face the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans in their next three games.
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