Simon's Season Over Due to Illness
Corey Simon (Getty)
Corey Simon (Getty)

Posted Oct 5, 2006


The Indianapolis Colts ended more than a month of speculation about defensive tackle Corey Simon's inability to return to the football field by placing him on their reserved/non-football illness/injury list...

...Back on September 20th, we reported to our ColtPower Insiders that the team had brought in another defensive tackle of almost identical height and weight as Simon for a tryout. And we also shared that one of our sources back then had informed us that Simon had tried to do some light running the week prior to our report, but still hadn't returned to practice almost a week later. The lack of progress became more puzzling and undoubtedly frustrating for everyone involved.

Both head coach Tony Dungy and Colts president Bill Polian were clearly unsure what was going on with Simon, who had his knee scoped after a seemingly minor injury during a training camp drill. Today, Polian issued this statement at Colts.com, the official website of the Indianapolis Colts:

“Today, we have placed Corey Simon on the NFL Non-Football Illness/Injury list. In deference to Corey’s privacy and in compliance with federal medical privacy laws, we may not discuss the particulars of Corey’s condition other than to say it is an illness not an injury and is unrelated to the knee surgery he had in August. It is not football-related. Fortunately, we are told it is not life-threatening, but it has severely limited Corey’s ability to condition, practice or play and has been debilitating for him.

We reached this decision reluctantly and only after extensive tests were run by our medical staff and many outside medical specialists, including those at the Mayo Clinic. Fortunately, Corey has shown some improvement in recent days, but none of the medical personnel we consulted believe he can safely return to football in the near future.

Corey now can devote himself to a complete and unhurried recovery. Our fervent hope is he will be ready to return to the field next season."

The oddity in all of this though is the reaction of Simon's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, who told the Associated Press, ""Corey had surgery on the knee and had been rehabbing, getting ready to play," he said. "That's my understanding as to what kept him off the field. Eventually, he expected to play. Corey loves to play, as you know."

While Simon's loss from the playing field is a blow to the depth chart, the team has been playing well enough to post an undefeated record even with him sidelined, so there shouldn't be any undue concern that the sky will now be falling in Indianapolis because of his inability to contribute this season.

That said, all of us at ColtPower send our very best wishes to Corey Simon for a full recovery to good health.



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