The Colts' trade for Rocky Calmus last weekend won't be paying any dividends during the 2005 season.
Calmus injured his hamstring during practice on Thursday, but it was initially thought to be no more than a "tweak" that might sideline him for a few days. A day later, that prognosis grew to a more troubling outlook of at least two games.
But on Saturday the news got worse and the Colts put the former Titan on injured reserve, ending his 2005 season after just one week with the team.
ColtPower has learned that Calmus tore his hamstring and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday. And in an unbelievable stroke of misfortune, the injury isn't even just a reoccurence of the hamstring tear that ended his season last year with the Titans. This injury is to the opposite leg.
The Colts surrendered an undislosed draft pick, projected to be a sixth or seventh-round selection to Tennessee heading into final roster cutdown weekend. The former Butkus Award winner out of Oklahoma has had a history of hamstring trouble, missing five games over the past two seasons, including the last four of 2004.
The Colts are expected to make a move to fill out their roster before their matchup against the Ravens on Sunday night. They are heading to Baltimore with just their three starters -- Gary Brackett, David Thornton, and Cato June -- MLB backup Rob Morris and newcomer Keith O'Neil, who just joined the team earlier this week after being claimed off of waivers from Dallas. The other linebacker on the roster is Gilbert Gardner, who has already been declared as out due to an ankle injury.
The most logical move for the Colts, who don't have a linebacker currently on their practice squad, would be to call undrafted rookie Nick Hannah, who was David Thornton's backup throughout training camp. When Calmus was added, he was placed in Hannah's spot on the depth chart. Hannah is the only one who can provide the missing depth at that position.
Another option would be to call up undrafted rookie Chris Laskowski out of Florida Atlantic, who was a weakside linebacker behind the ailing Gardner.
If the Colts are focused on bringing another veteran linebacker presence for a longer term solution, they could take another look at former Giant linebacker Mike Barrow who visited them during training camp this summer, but left without a contract offer. There is also a large pool of free agents who can be considered who are still hoping for jobs since the NFL reduced their rosters to 53 last weekend.