Anthony Gonzalez Denies Report That He Reinjured Ankle
Gonzalez, the Colts' wide receiver who has been out since Week 1 with a high-ankle sprain, said Monday he was aware of a report over the weekend that he had reinjured the ankle, but said as far as he knew, there was no truth to it.
"I saw that little report," Gonzalez said. "I have no idea what that is. No tweaking. Nothing. I have no idea where it came from."
Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Monday he was unaware of any such occurrence, and Gonzalez said he would be surprised if he doesn't play next Monday when the Colts host the Houston Texans.
"I'm very optimistic," he said. "I feel really good, I'll say that."
Gonzalez, a fourth-year veteran, said he received phone calls when the report surfaced.
"The guy didn't make it up -- I'm sure somebody told him," Gonzalez said. "Whoever that is told him a lie, though -- so whatever. ... I have no clue where it came from. I really have no idea. I didn't tell anybody that.
"It's a little frustrating when you get a bunch of calls and text messages like, 'I thought you were feeling good ... What's going on?' "
Gonzalez, who missed all but one game last season with a knee injury, said while he hasn't sustained a setback, his return from the injury is still in progress.
"It's still a recovering injury," Gonzalez said. "It's day-to-day in that it's a recovering injury, but there certainly wasn't any setbacks last week. I thought last week went well."
Gonzalez said he is focused this season on handling his return more prudently than last season, and said he's trying to not let recent injuries to tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Austin Collie influence his return.
"I try not to," he said. "Last year with my knee, I kind of let (that) factor in. When we were playing the (San Francisco) 49ers, (wide receiver) Reggie (Wayne) was questionable or whatever. I tried to force the issue. That was obviously not the right move.
"Last year, I did maybe let that dictate my decisions. I'll try not to do that this year. We've been pretty good about how we've handled it. We're progressing. We're taking each step. We're doing what we're supposed to do.
"I feel good about the progress we've made. I am optimistic. I'd be surprised if I didn't play."