INDIANAPOLIS – The season opener still is more than two weeks away, but the Indianapolis Colts are dealing with COVID-19 issues.
Early Thursday, the team placed offensive tackle Eric Fisher on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Later, they added All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson.
They’re the latest Colts personnel to deal with COVID-19 issues; either as having tested positive or being close-contact individuals. The NFL and teams do not specify on COVID-19-related matters.
Previously, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, offensive tackle Julién Davenport and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad were placed on the COVID-19 list but subsequently were cleared to return to training camp.
Also, coach Frank Reich and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus were “breakthrough’’ positive tests and quarantined. Both returned to their duties. Another unnamed staff member was placed on the COVID-19 list as camp began.
Fisher opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) while continuing his rehab from a torn Achilles. He isn’t expected to be ready to play until mid-September at the earliest, and the required quarantine will impact his rehab.
Nelson is optimistic he’ll be ready for the Sept. 12 opener against Seattle after undergoing surgery Aug. 3 on his right foot.
“I’m doing everything I can to get back for week 1,’’ he said Wednesday as training camp ended at Grand Park Sports Campus.
Nelson returned to positional drills Monday.
The issue now, though, is how much time he might miss while dealing with the COVID-19 matter.…