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Colts put Gonzalez on IR

The Colts waited for Anthony Gonzalez, but he just couldn’t make it back.

They just announced the receiver’s been place on IR as a result of his inability to make it back from a knee injury he suffered in the season opener against Jacksonville on Sept. 13.

“Anthony has been diligent in the rehabilitation of his knee, but it has not progressed to the point that it allow him to return to the field this season,” Bill Polian said in a news release. “We look forward to his healthy return next season.”

Gonzalez, a 2007 first-round draft choice by the Colts, has started 12 of 30 games in his three seasons with the club, totaling 94 receptions for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns.

He would have been gravy for the team’s playoff push, as Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon have developed into reliable weapons for Peyton Manning beyond Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark.

Hank Baskett now serves as the primary depth and could see action in the next two weeks if the Colts choose to rest Wayne or Garcon, who’s dealing with a hand injury suffered last week in Jacksonville.

It’s easy to ask why they were willing to use up a roster spot on Gonzalez for so long. But where else were they thin and hurting for depth that they needed the spot?