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Tyjuan Hagler suffers torn pectoral muscle, reportedly out at least two months

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  • Tyjuan Hagler suffers torn pectoral muscle, reportedly out at least two months

    Adam Schefter, #1 info man in the business bar none, today:

    Down goes Hagler

    In Indianapolis, Colts starting linebacker Tyjuan Hagler suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights last week.

    Hagler now is expected to be sidelined at least two months, meaning he will miss training camp and could be out for the Colts' Sunday night regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears.

    Last season, Hagler started seven regular-season games and then the AFC Divisional Playoff against the San Diego Chargers. He finished the season with 54 tackles and one sack.

    His absence sets up an intriguing position battle in which several other young Indianapolis linebackers will be given the chance to win additional playing time.

    Clint Session, a fourth-round pick in 2007 out of Pittsburgh, shined in the limited opportunities he had last season; he now could get more. The Colts invested a third-round pick in Georgia Tech linebacker Philip Wheeler, and he is expected to be given his chance. Victor Worsley, an undrafted free agent from North Carolina, also will be given a shot.

    But a bigger problem for the Colts might be the fact that they keep losing bodies before camp begins. With teams allowed to bring only 80 players to camp, Indianapolis will be somewhat shorthanded. Starters expected to miss some of camp include wide receiver Marvin Harrison, defensive end Dwight Freeney, safety Bob Sanders and now Hagler.
    What a major bummer. Sucks for Hagler, seems he can't stay healthy for an extended amount of time, despite all of his talent and athletic prowess. He injured himself working out, no doubt working hard and preparing to have a monster year as the incumbent starter at strongside linebacker. Best of luck in his recovery, hopefully it's a full and quick one.

    Schefter speculates this might open the door for second-year Clint Sessions or rookie Phillip Wheeler, I might include second-year pro Ramon Guzman as well. He's been playing at SLB since coming in as an undrafted free agent last season. I wouldn't rule out a young guy coming in and keep the starting role, including or not the fact that Hagler is an unrestricted free agent after 2008.

    Session and Guzman have a leg up on Wheeler as they have spent a year wit the team, getting accustomed to the defense. Although I am very big on Wheeler, I honestly think he could be the best linebacker with the Colts since the days of Mike Peterson and Marcus Washington. He's just going to need time to adjust.

    Could this open the door to re-signing free agent veteran Rob Morris perhaps? Something that popped in my mind to consider. Then again, it isn't as though Hagler is out for the season.
    Pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence.

  • #2
    I'd think that Session would have the best chance to take the spot till Hagler is back to healthy. Perhaps Session can make some more 'He did what!' type of picks this year. Might even be a permanent swap of positions as well. Can't wait to see Wheeler at training camp in Terre Haute this year. Less than four weeks away now.



    • #3
      I hope he fully recovers one day after the first Jags/Colts game. ;P



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