Cain (knee) relayed Wednesday that he's "ahead of schedule" in his rehab from surgery to repair a torn ACL, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
The rookie sixth-round pick suffered the season-ending injury during an exhibition contest, resulting in his placement on injured reserve shortly thereafter. Though he won't get a chance to contribute for the Colts this season, the fact that he's progressing quicker than anticipated suggests that he might be ready to go for OTAs next spring. Even if that timeline proves too ambitious, the wideout should be running and cutting without limitations by the time training camp arrives.
It was only a matter of time before Cain would reside on IR after tearing his ACL on Thursday. With the rookie wideout out for the season, Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers likely are safe bets to serve as the Colts' Nos. 2 and 3 wide receivers, which could be lucrative on the receiving end of Andrew Luck passes.
Cain suffered a torn ACL in Thursday's preseason game in Seattle and will miss the rest of the season, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
A sixth-round pick this year, Cain was one of the surprise standouts of training camp to date. His loss could open the door for the likes of K.J. Brent, James Wright (knee) and Reece Fountain (knee) to move of the wideout depth chart in the coming weeks.
Cain let Thursday's preseason game against Seattle with a knee injury and will not return, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Cain had one reception for four yards on two targets before departing. Cain has had a strong training camp and put himself in position to be in the mix with Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant for the No. 2 and No. 3 receiver jobs, so any injury could see him lose ground in the battle.
Cain has made a strong impression in the first few days of training camp building on his strong spring minicamp, ESPN 1070 am Indianapolis reports. "(Cain) flashes. He's got a little knack, good against press coverage and then showing ability to make the play downfield like that. A good start for him," said head coach Frank Reich.
Cain has been the breakout star of early training camp with some big plays. He's an underdog entering camp to win a regular role, but playing time at wide receiver after T.Y. Hilton looks like a wide open competition. Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant are the favorites for the No. 2 and No. 3 roles, but Cain could easily force his way into the mix. With Andrew Luck looking healthy so far this summer, the No. 2 and No. 3 wideouts could have viable fantasy value in most formats.
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