Colts hope Kendall Langford’s ready, but it’s doubtful for Henry Anderson
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – With Sunday’s season opener against the Detroit Lions looming, Chuck Pagano offered a little clarity on the health of the Indianapolis Colts.
Most notably, he’s optimistic defensive end Kendall Langford will extend his Ironman streak but essentially ruled out defensive tackle Henry Anderson.
Langford underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last month and has been working with the team’s trainers and rehab staff. He has appeared in all 128 regular-season games during his eight-year career, the NFL’s longest active streak among defensive linemen.
Langford is expected to practice Wednesday on a limited basis and his availability for Sunday will be determined later in the week.
“I would be shocked if he doesn’t play,’’ Pagano said. “He’s a tough, tough guy and if I was betting on anybody, I’d bet on him.’’
Anderson, who underwent season-ending knee surgery last November, has been handling more and more work in recent weeks.
Even so, Pagano conceded “probably Henry won’t be there’’ against Detroit.
“We got him back out at practice, which is great, and he’s taking a good amount of reps with our defense a little bit and we’re being overly cautious with him and taking our time.’’
Along with Langford, players who weren’t seen at Monday’s practice were three other starters: cornerback Vontae Davis (ankle), guard Jack Mewhort (knee) and linebacker Sio Moore (hamstring). Also, cornerback Darius Butler (ankle) did not participate.
Guard Joe Haeg (ankle) and safety Clayton Geathers (foot) were limited. That was especially encouraging for Geathers, who hasn’t practiced since breaking a bone in his right foot in July.
“He’s out of the boot full-time, which is good,’’ Pagano said. “He feels good. Every day that he’s worked, he’s come in and it’s been better each time.
“He’s on track to probably be back sooner than later. When that is, I don’t know.’’