The Indianapolis Colts announced on Tuesday that the team has placed starting outside linebacker John Simon on season-ending injured reserve and promoted defensive lineman Anthony Johnson from their practice squad in a corresponding 53-man roster move.
It’s a tough break for Simon, who was having an impressive debut season for Indianapolis, having signed a 3-year, $13.5 million deal this past offseason. In fact, one could make the strong argument that Simon was the Colts best defensive player prior to a ‘stinger’ injury he suffered in Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The injury cost Simon the team’s next three games.
However, despite coming back and making consecutive starts for the Colts in Week 12 and 13 respectively, fans simply didn’t see the same type of impact that Simon had made earlier in the season, as he was potentially not fully recovered from the prior injury.
The 5th-year outside linebacker thus finishes his season prematurely, recording 43 tackles, 3.0 sacks, and an interception (returned for a touchdown) in 9 starts for the Colts defense.
“John Simon’s a little nicked up. He was playing about as good as anybody we had at one point, but he’s been a little nicked up here the last few weeks,” said Ballard.