Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano has said new arrival Frank Gore will be on a pitch count, according to reports.
The Colts want to go deep into the playoffs this season and one way to do that is to keep as many of your top players healthy as possible. To combat any future injuries or fatigue, the AFC South team has decided to limit he 32-year-old running back's workload.
Pagano said according to Pro Football Talk: “Very closely….we’ve got to be smart with the amount of carries. He’s going to want to play every snap. If we play 80 plays, he’s going to want to be in there 80 plays.
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“I think we all know that we can’t do that. We need him. It’s a marathon; it’s not a sprint. So we’ve got him on a pitch count and we’re going to stick to it.”
Gore replied to Pagano's statement by saying: “He’s the coach. Whenever they call my number, I just want to be ready and help my team.”
The likelihood is Gore will top his 1,106 rushing yards he achieved last season, but to do that he needs to remain healthy and that gets tougher in the NFL as you get older.
He shouldn't be limited to game appearances or anything like that, but expect the back ups to come into play if the Colts are dominating. Gore has had over 225 carries in all but one of his last nine seasons, so expect him still to dominate on that front for the Colts.