Colts Place Starting Outside Linebacker John Simon on Season-Ending Injured Reserve

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 08: Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker John Simon (51) looks to the sidelines during the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts on October 8, 2017. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN October16: Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker John Simon (51) with the interception and takes it in for the pick six during an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans.
(Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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.

Nevertheless, per’s Andrew Walker, it was actually a shoulder injury that Simon suffered Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars that ultimately led to his placement on injured reserve.

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.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard said this on Simon during Monday’s ‘Colts Roundtable Live’ on 1070 The Fan with team play-by-play announcer Bob Lamey:

“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. 

In Simon’s absence, expect veteran Barkevious Mingo to assume the starting job once again with rookie outside linebacker Tarell Basham seeing an expanded role as a rotational pass rusher.

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