The Indianapolis Colts 2009 second round draft pick, Fili Moala, was officially placed on injured reserve yesterday afyer tearing his ACL on his right knee in OTAs last week.
The is not the first time Moala has been placed on IR, he tore his ACL in 2012 and would miss half of the season, and was also place on IR after the playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs. So the injury list is nothing new for the recently resigned defensive lineman.
The Colts re-signed Moala to a one year deal in March for $1.4 million, in hopes that he would finally live up to his potential. He was widely considered one of the top defensive lineman in the draft, but slipped to the second round because of several red flags, including injury prone.
In five seasons with the Colts, Moala has appeared in 64 games, starting 45 of them, made 88 combined tackles, three and half sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
The Colts will now have to move forward without Moala, in hope of finding another rotation man on the defensive front. This should open the door for Mario Harvey, who is moving from linebacker to the defensive line.
If the Colts decide to move on from Moala, they will take a cap hit of $1.6 million. The Colts are almost $14 million under the cap, so releasing Moala might become and option here.
If Moala is released, then the Colts will do this by training camp, in hope of signing a veteran or traded for one to bring in and become acclimated by the time the season starts.
Whether Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano ultimately decide to go in this direction, they will need to make a choice soon. The Colts ranked 26th last season in stopping the run, and Fili was expected to help improve that in 2014.