by Matt Snyder
Earlier in the season the Colts offense struggled, especially running the football, during an absence from their Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday. They'll have to make do without him again, this time for three to four weeks, due to a strained calf muscle. He left the game last night in San Diego because of said ailment. Jamey Richard, a rookie, will take over on snaps, and he has gained some valuable experience this year for nearly three games due to Saturday's mild injury woes.
On the surface, this seems like a huge blow the Colts offense. If you dig deeper, however, you can find some solace in several forms. Perhaps even silver lining. The rest of the team was far from healthy earlier in the season when Saturday missed the first two games, but now they are all pretty much in tip-top shape. The Colts play the Browns, Bengals, and Lions in the next three weeks. They should take those games with ease, even without Saturday in the lineup. This would set them up for a final two games in which they play at Jacksonville and host Tennessee.
Optimistic, but also somewhat realistic, thoughts would place the Colts at 10-4, with Saturday returning to take on the Jags in Week 16.
Jeff Saturday Out 3 to 4 Weeks With Calf Injury originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Mon, 24 Nov 2008 22:08:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.