It is fair to say the 2015 NFL season hasn't quite panned out how the Indianapolis Colts would have hoped thus far.
Touted as potential Super Bowl winners heading into 2015, the AFC South franchise have stuttered to a 3-4 record amidst issues on and off the field.
And now, on the back of a demoralizing 27-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints in week seven, a broken bone suffered by a rising offensive star can be added to the list of problems in Indy.
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As reported by the Indy Star, rookie wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is set to undergo surgery today on a leg fracture picked up in the second quarter of Sunday's game.
The injury, and necessary rehabiliation, is set to keep the speedy wideout on the sideline for around four to six weeks, according to the player himself.
"I was literally just starting to get in the flow and get in the game plan more," Dorsett said, via the Star, when discussing the painful sounding injury.
"I was getting more involved and we had a lot more four-wide (sets) in. I was playing a little running back. Things happen. It's football. But I don't expect a drop-off when I get back."
And, whilst the timing of the injury is bad for the player, it isn't exactly ideal for the Colts as a team, either.
With Andrew Luck struggling for consistency so far in 2015, losing one of his targets - and an excellent deep ball threat - is not the best start to the quest for a winning record.
Fortunately, though, Dorsett is hopeful that, despite the brutal nature of the injury, he actually got off fairly lightly:
""I don't think (there is) any nerve or ligament damage...Just a clean fracture."
"I knew (when it happened). You know when you hear a crack. You feel it. But it's all right. It's not as bad as it seems."
Missing Dorsett now until week 12 at the very minimum, the Colts are left with just four healthy receivers.
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