Posted by Andy Benoit
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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