Tag:Tony Ugoh
Posted on: September 8, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 6:35 pm

Colts waive former second-rounder Tony Ugoh

Posted by Andy BenoitT. Ugoh (US Presswire)

No need to worry about whether Tony Ugoh will be healthy enough to start in place of injured left tackle Charlie Johnson this Sunday. The Colts have waived the 2007 second-round pick, according to ESPN's Paul Kuharsky.

This marks a rare whiff on a high draft choice for Colts president Bill Polian. After Tarik Glenn suddenly retired in 2007, Polian traded his ’08 first-round pick to move up and select Ugoh early in the second round. Ugoh started immediately and flashed positive signs at left tackle. However, he never responded well to injuries, which was a problem because the injury bug bit him on more than one occasion.

Ugoh lost his starting job last season. This past offseason, the Colts hoped to convert him to guard. However, injuries again limited his development.

Polian will take some criticism for this pick, but you could argue that it’s literally the only high-round selection the football sage has botched since taking over the Colts in 1998.

With Ugoh gone, utility backup Charlie Johnson remains the starting left tackle. If Johnson isn't healthy, undrafted rookie Jeff Linkenbach will get the nod.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:28 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 6:32 pm

O-line injuries hurt, but won't kill Colts

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Colts open their season against Mario Williams and the Texans Sunday. Needless to say, it’s a bad week to have injuries at left tackle. But according to the Indianapolis Star, such is the case. Incumbent starting left tackle Charlie Johnson has been battling a right foot injury since early August. His replacement, disappointing former second-round pick Tony Ugoh, is dealing with a toe injury. Colts (US Presswire)

Johnson planned to work out this week, but it’s uncertain whether he’ll play Sunday. He hasn’t been on the field in a month. The Colts generally don’t play guys who don’t practice. Ugoh’s practice status, at this point, is up in the air. The double-whammy with Ugoh’s injury woes is that his absence means Jamey Richard, a modestly-experienced but underwhelming force, will be the starting left guard. The plan heading into this season was for Ugoh to assume the starting left guard duties.

If Johnson and Ugoh are both on the shelf, the Colts will turn to undrafted rookie Jeff Linkenbach. In that case, you can bet they’ll employ frequent two-tight end formations to provide extra help against Williams.

Veteran center Jeff Saturday is also questionable for Sunday. Saturday is coming off late-summer arthroscopic knee surgery.
A thin offensive line surely makes Peyton Manning’s job more difficult, but the good news is that Manning is still Manning. One of the biggest misconceptions NFL fans hold is that Manning benefits from playing behind a great pass-protecting offensive line. The reality is, Indy’s offensive line is below average; Manning is the reason the Colts have yielded less than 20 sacks in six of the past seven seasons. His quick decision making and pocket mobility (feeling and avoiding the rush, side-stepping pass-rushers) make him nearly “unsackable”.

The fact that Indy’s offensive line is iffy should come as no surprise – the vast majority of Colts blockers entered the league as either late-round draft picks or undrafted rookies.

The Colts may prefer not to have to overcome offensive line problems, but that certainly doesn’t mean they can’t.

UPDATE 6:30 pm ET: The Colts have waived Ugoh.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 12:01 pm

Report: Gary Brackett's hand injury 'no biggie'

Posted by Will Brinson

Linebacker Gary Brackett suffered a nasty little injury during the first quarter of Thursday's Packers - Colts preseason shootout when he banged his right hand against teammate Philip Wheeler's helmet.

Good news from Indy, though, as it appears Brackett will be just fine, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star .

"No biggie,'' a source with knowledge of the injury told The Star , elaborating that Brackett almost certainly will be ready for the Colts' Sept. 12 regular-season opener at Houston.

Coach Jim Caldwell, when asked whether or not any of the injured players (Brackett, Joseph Addai, Tony Ugoh, Antonio Johnson and Jacob Lacey) would miss the season opener, said that "It's too early to make that assessment."

That's typical coach-speak, and given that Addai could have supposedly returned to the game despite his concussion and that Brackett's X-rays were negative, it seems that Colts' fans should be fairly optimistic heading towards the beginning of the regular season.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: August 7, 2010 11:41 am

Charlie Johnson out, Anthony Gonzalez in

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A few interesting notes here from Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star .

Starting LT Charlie Johnson was carted off the field during Friday’s second practice, and though the severity of the injury isn’t yet know, coach Jim Caldwell is expected to address it after this morning’s scrimmage.

If Johnson is lost for significant time, that’ll be a big blow to Indianapolis. Especially because the OL has undergone such a renovation since last year, in part because the Colts have been so bad as a run-blocking unit. Johnson is a converted TE, but he’s made a pretty good transition to the offensive line while having to protect Peyton Manning’s blind side.

If Johnson can’t play, Tony Ugoh – who still struggles with his pass-blocking – could move from LG to LT. But then, who would play LG? Jeff Linkenbach and Chris Marinelli are supposedly behind Johnson at LT, but both are rookies. Overall, not a good scene if Johnson has to miss some time.

Also, Wilson writes about WR Anthony Gonzalez – who people seem to forget because of Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. But without Garcon participating in practice Friday, Gonzalez had a chance to shine.

As Wilson writes:

It's just practice, but he looks good. After one of the sideline catches, Manning gave Gonzo a pat after the receiver came back.
If this keeps up, I don't see how the Colts can keep him on the bench. But I still don't have a clue how Reggie Wayne, Garcon, Collie and Gonzo can all get their share of catches. We shall see.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 8:07 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 8:08 pm

Colts starting left tackle carted off

Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts starting left tackle Charlie Johnson was carted off the field with an apparent foot injury today, according to the Indianapolis Star's Phillip Wilson. The severity of the injury is unkown. If Johnson - a utility backup masquerading as a starter - is unavailable, the Colts will likely turn to former second-round pick Tony Ugoh.

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