Polian deems Morris an unlikely LB solution

August, 4, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Morris

Luke in South Bend hit the mailbag with this question: "Given the Colts' injuries at Linebacker (Wheeler, Brackett, Hagler, Session), how likely is it that they go out and get Rob Morris and/or someone else like Takeo Spikes?"

Well Luke, here's Bill Polian Sunday morning on Rob Morris:

"There is nothing there at the moment and I don't even know what his physical status is right now. I don't believe he's ready to play football at this point in time and then there are other roster implications I haven't even dealt with yet. You have to determine where he is football-wise first."

Morris, a first-rounder out BYU 2000, finished last season on IR with a damaged tendon in his left knee. The team terminated his contract in February, in part because Morris didn't know if he wanted to endure the long rehabilitation, according to the Indianapolis Star. It's unclear if Polian is suggesting Morris isn't recovered or isn't in football shape.

Gary Brackett, who's dealing with a hip issue Polian categorized as soreness, won't be out too long. Polian called Session's left calf issue "relatively short term." Wheeler needs surgery on knee cartilage but could only miss only a couple weeks. Hagler (pectoral muscle) is probably out until October.

The Colts added linebacker Brandon Archer on Friday. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted rookie in 2007.

I don't know if they'll be compelled to do more than find fill-ins while they wait for guys to heal up. We'll find out soon. In the meantime, the Colts will sure be hoping their healthy backers stay healthy.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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