Colts fear Delano Howell has serious neck injury

AP

The Colts are looking for a safety to pair with LaRon Landy and it looks like it will have to be someone other than Delano Howell.

Howell has not practiced in a couple of weeks because of a neck injury. He missed most of last season with neck issues as well, which explains why Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said that the team is “looking with a fine-tooth comb” to find out the extent of the injury.

“Anytime there’s anything with a neck, you’ve got to cross your t’s and dot your i’s,” Grigson said, via the Indianapolis Star. “That’s a serious area. It’s something that’s been nagging him. He’s going through the whole entire process of seeing multiple people so he can formulate that opinion with his wife and his agent, himself and all of us and make the decision that’s best for Delano. He’s seeing another specialist so we can pinpoint exactly what the problem is. Hopefully he’s back out there playing for us soon.”

Even if Howell proves to be fine, Grigson suggested that the missed time will hurt him in his competition for snaps with Mike Adams and Sergio Brown. That duo has been filling in for him now and one could wind up as a starter if Howell doesn’t get good news from his doctors soon.