Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez Expects to Miss 4-to-6 Weeks With Ankle Sprain
It just may take a while longer than he hoped.
Gonzalez, a first-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft, who entered last season as a starter before missing 15 games, missed the Colts' victory over the New York Giants Sunday night with a high-ankle sprain.
Gonzalez said Monday he expects to miss 4-to-6 weeks.
"No season ever goes perfectly," Gonzalez said. "Being injured wasn't part of the plan. I was hoping to be healthy, help the team out and be on the field helping and doing whatever I could. That's obviously disappointing."
Gonzalez, who caught 94 passes for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two seasons, sustained a knee injury in the 2009 regular-season opener against Jacksonville. He was expected to play a key role this season for the Colts as a receiver who could play with equal effectiveness outside and in the slot this season.
He caught one pass for 12 yards in a season-opening loss to the Houston Texans before rolling his ankle.
"I've been down the rehab road before, so I think I unfortunately know how to keep my spirits up when hurt," Gonzalez said. "We'll keep on trucking and hopefully be back as soon as possible."
Gonzalez said he hasn't sustained a high-ankle sprain since his freshman year of high school. While the offense functioned effectively in his absence last season and Sunday, his return is still important because of the versatility and consistency he brings. He is a sure-handed receiver who can make big plays from the slot, and if needed can play on the outside as well.