A couple of injury notes to start the week: Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez is currently missing minicamp time with a right leg injury, while Bills CB Terrence McGee continues to sit out after a May injury he suffered trying to cover Terrell Owens in practice.
Given the importance of these two players, here are some thoughts on their minicamp injuries. You can see how they compare to other minicamp carnage this offseason in this relativity comparison.
Gonzalez, who is moving up to the No. 2 receiver spot for Indy this year, injured his right leg in early June, which cost him half a week of work. While Gonzalez should be OK come training camp, his absence highlighted the fact that the Colts are painfully thin at receiver. Now that Marvin Harrison is gone, Reggie Wayne and Gonzalez are the only two proven receivers that Indy has. While that’s a really good duo, an injury to either Wayne or Gonzalez would make Peyton Manning’s job a lot more difficult because he would have to rely heavily on rookie Austin Collie or holdovers Pierre Garcon, Roy Hall, or Sam Giguere (who has missed offseason work because of a broken leg he suffered in an earlier minicamp). This means that, although he’s still a young, emerging player, Gonzalez might actually be one of the more indispensible players in the league given the Colts’ roster.
McGee, meanwhile, is a standout returner and an emerging corner who will play a prominent role in Buffalo now that Jabari Greer is gone. McGee and Leodis McKelvin could potentially combine to be a top-level CB duo. McGee injured his arm trying to cover Terrell Owens in practice in May, and the injury cost him the rest of the Bills’ minicamps and OTAs. That was enough to put a big scare in the Bills, because McGee is a vital player for the Bills this season.