The 0-3 Indianapolis Colts are looking for their first win down in Tampa Bay on Monday night, and things are looking pretty good so far. The Colts took a 10-7 lead into the half and have generally done a fine job of keeping the Buccaneers in check.
But at the moment, the game itself is almost a secondary story. Shortly before the end of the first half, Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster suffered what looked to be a very serious leg injury. He was down for the count for several minutes and was then carted off the field.
According to Phillip B. Wilson of The Indianapolis Star, the initial diagnosis is that Foster's injury is indeed quite serious.
Those who watched the replay of Foster's injury should not be surprised. It looked ugly, and it apparently is ugly.
Who's the Backup?
Foster is listed as a backup to Antonio Johnson, but he also plays alongside Fili Moala and rookie Drake Nevis. It just so happens that Moala is inactive for tonight's game, so it goes without saying that the Colts are a little thin at defensive tackle at the moment.
Devastation Scale: 9
Because the Colts were thin at defensive tackle to begin with, Foster's injury is a pretty huge blow. It looks like he's going to be out for the rest of the season, so you have to think the Colts will be looking around for DTs in the very near future.
Regardless of who they pick up, there's no point in sugarcoating the fact that an area of weakness for the Colts just got significantly weaker.
Timeline for Returm
Obviously, nothing is official just yet, but the general consensus is that Foster has played his last game in 2011.
What They're Saying
Needless to say, there's a lot of well-wishing going on at the moment on Twitter. Even LeBron James chimed in on Foster's injury:
The other thing the Twitterverse is keying in on is the way Foster acted when he was being taken off the field. With his leg in a cast, Foster started pounding his chest and screaming at his teammates. They were clearly shook up, but Foster wanted them to be pumped up.
This struck a chord with Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar:
If what is happening on the Twitterverse is any indication, there are a lot of people who are in the same boat.