It’s a bit surprising as Good was not officially listed with any injury during Sunday’s game and actually had a solid start returning to right tackle for the Colts, as he was arguably Indianapolis’ best offensive lineman against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription), Good received a +78.7 grade overall for his performance Sunday–including a +81.8 grade in pass blocking. Specifically, per Matt Whitson, the 6’5″, 345 pound offensive tackle allowed just 1 pressure in his 26 pass blocking snaps.
In his absence, it’s expected that 2nd-year right tackle Le’Raven Clark will once again return to the starting lineup–having struggled in preseason and been subsequently benched.
However, if you ask Good, he won’t be out for long, and along with tight end Erik Swoope could be one of the Colts maximum of two candidates, who can be activated to return off of injured reserve this season (depending on the severity of his injury)–meaning Colts fans could still see him in action again this season.
Otherwise, the Colts brought back veteran inside linebacker Sean Spence, who was a part of the team’s final 53-man roster cuts.
Having been signed to a 1-year, $3 million earlier this offseason, the 27 year old inside linebacker never really separated himself from the rest of the pack at his position in training camp and suffered a hamstring injury early in preseason, which hampered his ability to stick on the final 53-man roster.
The 6-year veteran is coming off a season for the Tennessee Titans in which he appeared in 15 games (6 starts), recording 54 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 3 passes defensed, and a forced fumble.
However, with the Colts starting linebackers having struggled this past weekend against the Rams–namely Jon Bostic and Antonio Morrison, it makes sense that Indianapolis brought Spence back for veteran insurance.
Per Pro Football Focus, both Bostic and Morrison received +37.2 and +35.3 grades overall for Sunday’s performance, which is very poor to say the least. Both inside linebackers were frequently ‘lost in space‘ in pass coverage–meaning Spence could potentially push for starting reps immediately.
If nothing else, Spence could be a useful situational inside linebacker in pass coverage, while providing additional veteran depth at the position.