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Colts confident about multiple Achilles recoveries, but should they be? Doctors weigh in

Read the full story written as an article by Stephen Holder for The Athletic. See the complete article here.

If you’re beginning to feel like Indianapolis is ground zero for torn Achilles tendons lately, your feelings are justified.

Colts fans have seen their fair share in recent months. It’s not only that running back Marlon Mack and safety Malik Hooker sustained torn Achilles in consecutive games early last season.

It’s also that the Colts in the past few weeks have acquired two players who each tore their Achilles in January.

First, they drafted second-round choice Dayo Odeyingbo after his Achilles injury sustained while training for the NFL Draft. Did we mention the Colts picked him in the second round?

The Colts then signed left tackle Eric Fisher who had his own torn Achilles, his injury coming in January’s AFC Championship Game while a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Colts decided he was still worth a free-agent contract, agreeing to pay him upward of $9 million in 2021 — torn Achilles and all.

Achilles tears have long been considered devastating injuries and require difficult rehab. And, yet, the Colts just willingly added two guys to their roster who tore theirs.

What do the Colts know that we don’t?

A lot, actually.


Read the full story written as an article by Stephen Holder for The Athletic here.

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