Colts' Hagler out for season

The undefeated Indianapolis Colts will have to go the rest of the season without a defensive starter.

Colts linebacker Tyjuan Hagler has been placed on injured reserve with a ruptured biceps, an injury he suffered Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Hagler had started all seven games for the Colts this season.

With Hagler out for the season, the Colts will turn to either Philip Wheeler or Ramon Humber to replace him, beginning Sunday against the Houston Texans. Wheeler was a third-round draft pick in 2008 and Humber is an undrafted rookie.

When asked whether Wheeler is ready to be a starter, Colts coach Jim Caldwell told the Indianapolis Star, “He has to be.”

In addition to Hagler and a new injury for safety Bob Sanders, the Colts have other injury concerns: Caldwell offered no timetable for the return of cornerback Kelvin Hayden or wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, both of whom are suffering from knee injuries.

5 responses to “Colts' Hagler out for season

  1. Wheeler…. Hagler…. your grandma… another year another new OLB for the Colts. No big deal.
    Hayden and Gonzalez injuries are interesting because both players are being replaced very well by not one but TWO talented young players.
    Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon are not at the same level as Gonzalez… but they will be soon. Collie and Gonzalez are the same player only two years apart.
    Jaraud Powers and Jacob Lacey are playing solid football for veterans… let alone for rookies.
    In the past the Colts have shown that if they can win without the expensive guy… that expensive guy doesn’t return the following year.
    Gonzalez is still under his rookie contract but I doubt the Colts will offer big money when that contract is up. Hayden likely won’t be out of a job… but Marlin Jackson likely will be.

  2. Wheeler will step in and not miss a beat. I really like Hagler, but he cant seem to to stay on the field. It was Phillip Wheelers job at the start of the preseason, so its not like hes not prepared.

  3. I’ll just use this as an excuse to promote one of the best boxing bouts ever – Hagler Hearns
    Gotta love it when Hagler realizes that the fight will be stopped unless he knocks out that punk Hearns in the next 30 seconds, and then proceeds to do it.

  4. @ Topher..
    COMPLETELY agree with you. That’s what we do in Indy. Considering we just resigned Hayden before the year started, he’s staying since we don’t trade/get free agents. Powers and Lacey are playing great, but Jackson is definitely gone for us when his contract’s up. He was decent before he blew out his knee too. Still remember the call: “Marlin’s got it! We’re goin’ to the super bowl!”

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