Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Quenton Nelson has been keeping his offseason surgeries a secret for a specific reason. He’s not allowed to say what it is, but the team will be able to give an update on his progress in September.
Quenton Nelson has been keeping his offseason surgeries a secret for a specific reason. Nelson is coming off of an impressive rookie season and the Indianapolis Colts are hoping that he can continue to improve in year two.
Quenton Nelson is an important part of the offensive line for the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts depend on Nelson to do a lot of the heavy lifting up front, since he is widely regarded as the greatest offensive guard in the NFL (and perhaps the best all-around player in the game). Nelson has risen to the occasion over the last three years and continues to improve with age.
Nelson, on the other hand, had a difficult summer riddled with operations. He’s had surgeries that he’s not going to disclose to the world anytime soon.
This offseason, Quenton Nelson had three operations in all.
The head coach of the Indianapolis Colts According to Frank Reich, Pro-Bowl G Quenton Nelson, like Carson Wentz, has a bone problem in his foot and will have surgery today.
August 3, 2021 — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
Nelson’s recent foot surgery has received a lot of attention. He was injured only a few weeks into training camp and had surgery around the same time as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz. Both players are anticipated to be ready by Week 1 if all goes according to plan.
Following his most recent procedure, Nelson made some fiery remarks in which he leaned into the idea that he would be back sooner rather than later:
There’s no time for pity after the third operation of the offseason… To be honest, I’m grateful for the early portion of the time schedule, which states 5 weeks. That allows me five weeks to prepare physically and psychologically to be ready to tackle Week 1 and crush these goals.”
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Nelson, on the other hand, allegedly had two more operations in the offseason.
To prevent any competitive disadvantage, Quenton Nelson is keeping his offseason operations a secret.
Quenton Nelson has been tight-lipped about his previous two operations this offseason.
August 25, 2021 — Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson)
While it’s reasonable to infer that the two more operations were modest in nature (given that the recuperation time didn’t stretch into training camp), the reason for the surgeries remains a mystery.
It’s not unusual for bigger NFL players to get their ankles or knees cleaned up over the summer. Nelson’s operations, on the other hand, might have been very different.
From Nelson’s viewpoint, keeping this knowledge hidden makes perfect sense. Nelson’s newly damaged foot will be targeted by opposing lines in the NFL, which is a terrible business. They would also target the other two regions of Nelson’s body that were operated on if they knew about them.
It’s difficult enough to block 300-pound defensive tackles. Nelson isn’t looking for any competitive advantages.
By Week 1, the Colts expect to have a completely healthy squad.
Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images/Quenton Nelson
Although a lot can happen between now and the start of the regular season, the Colts expect Nelson and Wentz to be on the field against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.
Indianapolis is preparing for a season in which winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal. It’s self-evident that getting their two greatest players on the field is a top priority.
Nelson is a three-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler who hopes to continue his stellar play in 2021. The condition of his ankle, as well as his ability to keep his other two operations hidden from the rest of the NFL, will determine how successful he is.
Nelson should have another All-Pro season as long as he doesn’t give rival defenders a lengthy list of weak areas to target.
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
The Indianapolis Colts are still haunted by Andrew Luck’s shocking NFL retirement.
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