Colts place DI Anderson on season-ending IR
- The Indianapolis Colts announced on Thursday that they had placed interior defender Henry Anderson on season-ending injured reserve. Anderson had suffered a laryngeal fracture in his team’s 20-14 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
- Anderson has been a solid producer since the Colts drafted him in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft. His 2015 grade of 82.9 was the sixth-highest by rookie 3-4 defensive end in the PFF era (since 2006).
- Anderson has shown consistency against the pass, earning pass-rush productivity scores of 7.1, 6.3, and 6.3 from 2015-2017, ranking among the top-25 3-4 defensive ends in each season.
- The good news for the Colts is that fellow starters Johnathan Hankins and Al Woods have both enjoyed good seasons thus far, earning grades of 84.0 and 83.0 The loss of Anderson will likely mean an increase in snaps for former Bengals second-round pick Margus Hunt. Hunt has been productive for the Colts as a pass rusher, earning a pass rush productivity score of 9.8 percent which ranks sixth among 44 qualifying 3-4 defensive ends in 2017.