With both starting guards, Jack Mewhort (ankle) and Hugh Thornton (back), declared out for Thurday night’s game against the Houston Texans, the Indianapolis Colts may turn to 4th-year veteran OL, Joe Reitz.
Reitz, an Indianapolis and Hamilton Southeastern High School product, has started in 20 career games, all along the offensive line. On the Colts’ official depth chart, he’s listed as Anthony Castonzo‘s primary back-up at left tackle, but he’s also played a lot of offensive guard throughout his entire career.
While he has yet to start a game this season, he has appeared in 2 games, having previously battled a high ankle sprain to start the season. The starting guard job is likely between either him or center A.Q. Shipley, with fill-in Lance Louis manning the other guard spot.
It’s worth noting that in 2013, during his 3 starts at guard, the advanced stats provided by ProFootballFocus gave Reitz a positive grade of +5.5, the highest on the team last season.