ANDERSON - He's apart of a new regime, but already the repeated phrase has been uttered.
"We look for the next man to step up,” said Chuck Pagano, repeating a phrase that's been used ad nauseum with Colts teams in the past.
To be fair, the first-year coach hoped he wouldn't have had to say it shortly after his first padded practice of training camp-but freak injuries had him doing just that Tuesday.
Following the team's second practice at Anderson University, Pagano announced that offensive tackle Ben Ijalana and linebacker A.J. Edds will miss the 2012 season with ACL injuries.
"You hate to lose anybody in camp or at any time during the season especially Ben," said Pagano. "The guy came back, had a significant knee injury, same knee, two hip surgeries, busted his rear to get healthy and get back and then unfortunately something like this happens.
"A.J., the same thing, all the hard work and time and preparation these guys have put in and then to come out here and in basically a non-contact drill and it happens."
Edds, a native of Greenwood, completed his first season with the Colts in 2011. He collected nine of his 13 tackles on the season against New England on December 4th and figured to compete for more playing time in 2012 before the injury.
A torn ACL has again taken out hard luck Ijalana. During his rookie campaign in 2011, Ijalana was on track to be a starter before the knee injury at Tampa Bay ended his season in early October.
Pagano says the team will immediately seek replacements for the pair as the enter the middle part of their first week of workouts.
"Absolutely, obviously he (Colts GM Ryan Grigson) doesn’t sleep. I can show you on my phone. I’m sure we’ll have a workout here probably within 24 hours we’ll get some guys in here," said Pagano.
Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun