The Colts have placed MLB Gary Brackett and SS Melvin Bullitt on injured reserved, the team announced Wednesday. To replace them on the active roster, the team signed free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky along with LB A.J. Edds from the Patriots' practice squad.
Brackett hurt his shoulder in the season-opening loss against the Texans, which required surgery. Bullitt injured his shoulder in the Week Two loss against the Browns, which also will require surgery.
The Way We See It
The Colts simply can't catch a break. Brackett and Bullitt are not only two of the club's best defenders; they are two of the more vocal leaders in the locker room. Replacing Bullitt could prove to be more difficult than Brackett, as Indianapolis' depth at safety is very unproven. David Caldwell, a 2010 undrafted free agent, will step into the starting lineup. He played decently in his first NFL start last Sunday night, but he is nowhere near as dependable as Bullitt has been over the years. Rookie Joe Lefeged, another undrafted rookie, also will see a bigger role in Bullitt's absence.
The loss of Brackett, while big, might not sting as much, only because second-year MLB Pat Angerer is coming off the best performance of his career a week ago and seems to be improving each week. With Angerer taking over in the middle, SLB Philip Wheeler will be in the spotlight after he lost his starting job to Angerer a season ago. Wheeler also played very well Sunday night, but he will have to show that he can do it consistently. Further, the Colts' special teams, which already were woefully bad this season, could take a hit with Wheeler back to being a full-time player.