For the team’s second PED suspension of the season, the NFL announced that Colts’ starting safety, LaRon Landry, will be suspended the next 4 games for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. Of course, the team had previously lost its star pass rusher Robert Mathis for the first 4 games of the season, as he served his suspension before his then unfortunate season-ending achilles injury.
It’s a considerable blow to the Colts’ secondary, which was already thin at safety, having lost its other projected starter, Delano Howell, to a season-ending neck injury in preseason. There’s now the other starting safety Mike Adams (Howell’s replacement), special teams’ ace Sergio Brown, and back-up Colt Anderson with little else.
The team had previously worked out safeties last Friday, so the team has already performed some due diligence in adding potential depth. With Landry out until Week 9, they will likely need another safety in the mean time, even though they’ve already promoted practice squad safety, Dewey McDonald, today.
Landry had been up and down throughout his first 4 games of the regular season, but still had 23 tackles and a sack. He was the Colts’ “thumper” in run support and a physical presence in the backside of their secondary.
Known for his imposing muscular physique, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that Landry tested positive for PED’s in my opinion. While there’s strong, there’s also an unnatural strong, and he looked like he was quite possibly flirting with it.