Another tragic kicker story.
Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez will most likely miss the entire season after he sustained an Achilles injury during practice this week, a team spokesperson told the Indianapolis Star. Sanchez was badly injured during the final moments of practice yesterday when the entire team was running sprints, something a punter normally wouldn’t participate in, because you know he’s just a Punter. Cardio conditioning for kickers isn’t exactly an emphasis during training camp.
According to ESPN’s Stephen Holder, his Achilles is believed to have ruptured which will end his season.
“The Colts have implemented wind sprints after some of their practices during this training camp to supplement players’ conditioning. The team has generally shortened its workouts this season and was wrapping up a 90-minute practice when Sanchez sustained the injury.The Colts have implemented wind sprints after some of their practices during this training camp to supplement players’ conditioning. The team has generally shortened its workouts this season and was wrapping up a 90-minute practice when Sanchez sustained the injury.”
Sanchez has been the team’s punter and kickoff specialist since the Indianopolis Colts signed him after he went undrafted in 2017. He signed a four-year, $11.6 million extension back in 2019.
Sanchez ranked ninth in the NFL in punts taken inside the 20-yard line last season. Unfortunately for the Colts, they do not have a backup to replace Sanchez. They will have to pick one up before Week 1.
You always hate to read about a season ending injury to someone, but shouldn’t everyone on the team be running and conditioning for the entire season. I don’t care what position you play, you partake in the conditioning part of team practice. Had they been doing that since day one, he probably doesn’t get hurt this time.
Kind of random, but at least he didn’t injure himself celebrating a punt.
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