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The Colts returned to Anderson on Tuesday morning and will be on the practice field without veteran defensive end Kendall Langford.
After 135 straight games played, the most of any active defensive lineman, Kendall Langford was inactive.
Langford had never missed a game in more than eight NFL seasons, such a feat defensive lineman hopelessly dream about, with little shot at reality.
Chuck Pagano was hoping to get Langford back to practice this week, but clearly the injury did not allow for that.
A preseason knee scope back in August for Langford was the beginning of a very difficult 2016 for the nine-year veteran.
Langford, who also dealt with an abdomen injury earlier this year, was healthy enough to play in the regular season opener, but was not himself in the first seven games.
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In today’s media scrums, Chuck Pagano talked about the injury news to Langford, center Ryan Kelly returning to practice and how the Colts will handle the rest of the preseason after having their opener cancelled on Sunday night.
Langford was supposed to be in Wisconsin, where the Indianapolis Indianapolis Colts jersey were prepping for their game the next day against the Green Bay Packers.
After 135 consecutive games played (which was the longest active streak for an NFL defensive linemen) this was the second straight Saturday Langford spent knowing the following Sunday wasn’t going to include football.
With 300-pound bodies constantly clanging and banging in the trenches, health in the defensive front can evaporate quickly.
Langford signed with the Colts as a free agent in March 2015 after seven productive seasons with the Miami Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams. He made an immediate impact on the Indianapolis defense, turning in a career year last season with 40 total tackles (10 for a loss), a team-high-tying seven sacks and three passes defensed in 16 games, all starts.
He entered the 2016 offseason sure to play a similar role for the Colts once again, only with a little more competition and depth along the defensive line. But a nagging injury to his right knee only got worse, so Langford and the team elected to go with minor surgery to clean everything up on Aug. 8.
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The Colts caught a late break right before halftime. With the Jaguars looking to score again, Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers missed wide right from 30 yards out.
“But the Green Bay game was that much more difficult because the guys traveled. I was at home. My wife and my kids all went to the Pacers game. I’m like, ‘This feels weird.’ I’m at a (NBA) game and my guys are in Green Bay. Then come Sunday, I’m watching them from the couch. It was very weird.”
In the week leading up to the Chiefs’ game, the Colts elected to shut Langford down for a period of time.
On Thursday, the Colts elevated tackle Jeremy Vujnovich to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Vujnovich, 6-5, 300 pounds, has spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad this season.
On Wednesday, third-round pick Le’Raven Clark became the final draftee to ink his rookie deal.
At pick No. 82 back in April, the Colts selected Clark. During the team’s offseason program, Clark has worked as a reserve right tackle.
No Colts’ rookie waited longer for their NFL introduction than Le’Raven Clark.
Inactive for 8 of the first 12 games this past season, Clark had what looked to be a glorified redshirt season through the first three months of the year.