Colts place WR Gonzalez on I.R.

Posted Nov. 06, 2010 @ 11:40 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Colts have placed WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee) on injured reserve.

Gonzalez, a fourth-year receiver out of Ohio State, played in just one game in 2009 after spraining knee ligaments in the Colts' season opener. This season, he missed time with a high ankle sprain sustained in Week One but returned in Week Eight and had four catches for 55 yards against the Texans.

In that game, though, Gonzalez suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee. He had been listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Eagles in the Friday injury report.

Replacing Gonzalez on the active roster is RB Andre Brown, activated from the practice squad. Brown was a fourth-round draft choice by the Giants in 2009 out of North Carolina State but spent his rookie season on injured reserve with an Achilles tendon injury. After being waived by the Giants in September, he played in three games with the Broncos, rushing twice for minus-one yard. The Colts claimed him off waivers from Denver on Oct. 18, but he didn't see any game action and was waived Nov. 1 and re-signed to their practice squad.

The way we see it

This is a devastating blow for Gonzalez who, like teammate Bob Sanders, can't seem to stay healthy, and this was not the season for him to go down. With WR Austin Collie missing time because of a thumb injury and TE Dallas Clark out for the season, Gonzalez would have been a big help to QB Peyton Manning and the Colts' offense, as evidenced in his first game back from injury on Monday night. Brown will bring depth to a RB crew missing Joseph Addai. Donald Brown has also dealt with injuries this season.