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Season over for Dallas Clark

Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:58 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 12:14 pm
Posted by Andy BenoitD. Clark (US Presswire)

Dallas Clark did not get good news on his injured wrist Thursday. The Indianapolis Colts have announced that the Pro Bowl tight end’s season is over. Clark, hurt Sunday night at Washington, is on Injured Reserve and will undergo surgery.

Needless to say, this is a major blow for the Colts offense. Clark was the driving force behind the passing attack’s versatility. His ability to line up in the slot or on the line of scrimmage dictated mismatches and often prevented defenses from disguising coverages.

Before getting hurt, Clark had 37 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns, all of which put him in the top five of NFL tight ends on the season.

Jacob Tamme is Indy’s No. 2 tight end, though that’s almost irrelevant given his skill set is so vastly different from Clark’s. Fifth-round rookie Brody Eldridge could become more of a factor.

Regardless of who replaces Clark at tight end, expect the Colts to use more three- and four-wide receiver sets. Austin Collie is on the mend recovering from thumb surgery, so former first-round pick Anthony Gonzalez now has a chance to step into the primary slot role.

The Colts have a bye this week then face the Texans on Monday Night in Week 8.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:55 pm

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:18 am

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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2010 8:27 pm

Season over for Dallas Clark

This reminds me of last year after Bob Sanders got injured and how huge of a blow it was to the Colts and how their season was over, blah blah blah. Fact was that the Colts have a pretty deep bench and what they have proved time and time again is how they're able to compensate on both sides of the field. After Marvin left, we had new WRs step in and do their thing. As long as Peyton remains the Colts will always have a chance. Much like the Patriots with Brady. Both QBs know what to do with the weapons they're given and that's what makes them the best QBs playing today. I actually think that Austin Collie is a bigger loss than Clark.

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2010 1:10 pm

Season over for Dallas Clark

Don't be an idiot by saying that Clark isn't important.  The guy had 100 catches last year - led all TE's in the league.  How is that not important?  He knows Peyton's offense - and that's important.  Peyton is tough and he expects perfection - these young guys can't do that.  Will it cost them the division title, No - Only b/c Manning is good enough to make the adjustment.  Clark is as good of a TE as it comes in the NFL.  Peyton will miss that weapon....

Saturday, Wayne, Clark - in order of importance to the Colts and Manning.  It's tough to run your offense w/o these key guys.


Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2010 10:39 am

A big blow? really? No. not really.

If Peyton Manning went down the articles would say its a big blow to the Colts offence. If Reggie Wayne went down the writers would type 'The Colts just lost one of the best in the game.' If Freeney or Mathis were injured they would say This is a major blow to the colts attacking style of defence. When Bob Sanders gets hurt they always talk about how important he is to the team. Ditto for Jeff Saturday. Dallas Clark is a really good tight end. But to suggest this is doom and gloom for the Colts is absurd. Every team gets injuries... so far the Colts have lost their number 3 reciever (collie), their tight end and a RB who averages 15 carries a game. Whoopie.
It's tough because they are all skill position guys... but you can't pick your injuries. You just have to be ready.
The Titans have had their starting QB knocked out when the Jags defence jumped on him after he was already down (no flag) and have lost their #1 reciever (Gage), and their starting left cornerback (McCourty) but guess what -- that's football. Depth matters.
This is really the first big test for the current Colts coaching staff... Find a way to make plays without those guys.
Kind of like last year when every single starter in the secondary went down at the same time for Tennessee... Chuck Cecil was unable to adjust so they got lit up (59-0 if memory serves). We'll see if the Colts staff (with a bye in hand and a home game against the league's worst defence on the horizon) can come up with a plan that works.

Since: May 11, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 7:39 pm

Season over for Dallas Clark

I see Indy winning the division at 9-7 .  And if Texas or Ten gets a break here and there I see indy not making the Playoffs at all.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:25 pm

Season over for Dallas Clark

Just wait till the 18-Game seasons, it will be survial of the fittest every year.

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:51 pm

Season over for Dallas Clark

The Colts will miss Dallas Clark, because he was Manning's go to Guy. The Colts will have someone to step up and take his place and do just enough for them to stay in games, but it's gonna be hard to replace Clark. So who's gonna be that over the middle receiver and that clutch receiver to get that first down on 3rd and 8 or when they are in the Redzone. The replacement tight ends they do have, will have to make up a lot of ground to be compared to clark, but with Manning at QB, he will get them where they need to be on the field and still get the job done.

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