Rodrigo Blankenship injury update: Colts kicker plays through hip injury, misses game-winning field goal
The first signs that Rodrigo Blankenship wasn’t 100 percent healthy came just before halftime of the Colts’ 31-25 loss to the Ravens on “Monday Night Football.”
The Colts were preparing to attempt a 42-yard field goal to extend their lead to 10-3. However, Blankenship didn’t come onto the field to attempt the kick. Instead, it was punter/holder Rigoberto Sanchez. His attempt — which was held by backup running back Nyheim Hines — sailed wide left, but the Ravens’ Marlon Humphrey jumped offsides on the play.
As a result, the Colts were awarded another attempt from the 37-yard line. Blankenship came in to attempt that one and made it.
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That led to many questions about Blankenship’s status, and the Colts revealed shortly thereafter that their second-year kicker was dealing with a hip injury. He was still able to play in spite of it.
Note from Colts: Rodrigo Blankenship is dealing with a hip issue. Colts aren’t giving a designation because he’s clearly able to kick to some degree, but that’s what was going on there.
— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) October 12, 2021
That said, it was clear that Blankenship wasn’t his usual self, and he missed three key kicks in the second half. It started when he shanked an extra point attempt that would have extended the Colts’ lead to 20. He went on to make his next field goal before his final two attempts of the game were unsuccessful, including one that would have been a walk-off game-winner.
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The first field goal miss was no fault of his own. Calais Campbell managed to break through the line and block the kick.
But the second miss on a 47-yard attempt as time expired in regulation was badly hooked.
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Blankenship had previously made 42 of 45 attempts from inside of 50 yards during his career, so it’s clear that the hip injury was bothering him. The Colts will keep a close eye on that injury ahead of their Week 6 meeting with the Texans.
The Colts don’t currently have another kicker on their roster or practice squad, so they could look to sign one this week unless they want to give Sanchez, who kicked during his college days at Hawaii, a chance.
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