Time of Gonzalez Return Uncertain

WR Anthony Gonzalez (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

As things stand now, it looks like injured Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez will be able to play at some point this season. Gonzalez suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee late in the first quarter of Sunday's 14-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

According to Colts team president Bill Polian, initial indications are that Gonzalez' injury will not sideline him for the remainder of the year.

"We know that it's not year-ending. I'll probably know more when we finish our medical meetings. That's what I know right now," he said during his weekly radio show. "The fact that it's not season-ending is a good thing. And then we'll try and get a pretty thorough diagnosis and a prognosis as soon as we can."

The Colts won't be placing a call to former Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who was released in February. Polian made that clear on his radio show.

"I don't think so because Marvin hasn't had any training camp. It really is counterproductive to try and bring a player in who's not had any training camp, not had any offseason (conditioning work). And that's especially true of someone at Marvin's age," he said.

"It's very, very difficult to do and you're probably inviting injury upon injury. So if we're going to add someone, it would be someone who's been in training camp and possibly is a little younger than Marvin."

There are other veteran NFL receivers available, such as former New York Giants David Tyree or Amani Toomer. Polian acknowledged that the Colts may be looking at the league's waiver wire for additional help.

"We could add a veteran receiver. We'll talk about that. I don't think the salary cap is any consequence with any of the veteran receivers that are out there. They're not going to command a lot of money," he said.

"One thing we don't do is pay attention to names. Just because a guy has been a good player and has a big name doesn't mean that he's a good player now and will add to our football team. So we're going to sit down with our pro personnel folks and we'll talk through who we think the best veteran wide receiver might be. The guy that best fits our system. The guy that can do the most for us. And that's the guy, if we choose to bring one in, we'll bring in."

Any decision on what do about whether to bring in somebody from outside the organization or promoting someone from the practice squad, such as Taj Smith or rookie John Matthews, will depend on how much time Gonzalez will be out.

"Now it's predicated, largely, on how long Gonzo may be out. If he's gone for four weeks or more, then the likelihood is that we would make a change. If he's gone for four weeks or less, then probably not the sense of urgency to make a change that might otherwise exist. He's not a tremendously fast healer, so that may enter into the equation," Polian said.

"Some guys, they get back a lot quicker than the doctors may say. Others are sort of on time. And receivers, traditionally, stay with the time prognosis because of so much of what they do is predicated on speed and their legs. So those are all the considerations that we'll take into account and we'll see what we do. But names don't really mean anything to us. We're looking for the best player."


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