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5 reasons Henry Anderson thankful for fractured larynx

Nov 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) looks on during the third quarter between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
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If healthy, the Indianapolis Colts might not have been worth a damn this year. The roster was not expected to win at a meaningful level prior to the spate of injuries suffered by key members of the Colts prior to and throughout the 2017 season.

At least partially due to the growing list of the wounded, the Colts are a woeful 3-9.

Not only has franchise quarterback Andrew Luck missed the entire season, the IR list continues to expand by the week.

Linebacker John Simon was the latest to hang up his helmet for the season after irritating the stinger he suffered a few weeks ago as he tried to gut it out last Sunday in Jacksonville.

Every position group has lost key members – Luck, Simon, center Ryan Kelly, safety Malik Hooker, RT Denzelle Good, TE Erik Swoope, RB Robert Turbin, WR Chester Rogers, CB Rashaan Melvin, and LG Jack Mewhort have either missed multiple games or are done for the season.

A total of 14 Colts are on IR, and seven were projected starters  This is nothing new for the Colts, a team with a recent history of dings, tears, pulls, strains, and konks that defies belief.

Defensive end Henry Anderson went on IR four weeks ago with a fractured larynx. What the hell is a larynx?  It’s that handy hunk of cartilage that protects your throat from trauma. Anderson spoke to the media yesterday for the first time since the injury, and said it was caused by a running back whose chip block caught him in the neck.

While most injuries are bad news for the player and team, here are five reasons Anderson is very thankful for his injury:

5. No lingering effects in 2018  

Unlike many injuries, a fractured larynx will not require rest. Throats just sit there. No defensive lineman ever gained or lost an advantage on the field based upon the fitness level of his throat.  This might wind up being a positive development for Anderson, since he will be able to use the next eight months to get his left knee completely healthy.

4. Anderson playing might cause resurgence

The pragmatic effect of additional wins at this point of the season for the Colts would be to diminish the potential impact of the 2018 NFL Draft.  Anderson was becoming disruptive when his injury occurred, and a return might be a difference maker in a game down the stretch that could rob the Colts of three or four positions.

3. Pain has been very manageable

Anderson described the pain of a knee injury as being relentless regardless of measures taken to disrupt it. With the throat, pain was fleeting, even right after the surgery, and is totally gone now.

2. Rehab is easy

With muscle or joint problems, there is a period of rest then rehab followed by strengthening and finally a return to normal activity.  Anderson is able to enjoy all physical movement and exertion, minus anything that could hamper the healing of the cartilage that comprises the larynx. Anderson can lift, run, and build a body that can wreak havoc on offenses in 2018.

1. He lived

When asked yesterday what the worst result of his injury is, Anderson said, “Death.”  He went on to say that the reason he is not playing despite being physically whole everywhere else is because another blow like the the one that fractured his larynx might collapse his windpipe, which could result in death.  Better safe than sorry, especially when your team is 3-9.


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