Colts' center Ryan Kelly (foot) will need surgery

Former Alabama center Ryan Kelly to undergo foot surgery

Former Alabama center Ryan Kelly to undergo foot surgery

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Kelly suffered a foot injury during a joint practice with the Detroit Lions on August 10.

Specifically, the promising 2nd-year center started in all 16 games for the Colts as a rookie in 2016 and didn't surrender a single sack in pass protection.

Indianapolis center Ryan Kelly will have surgery after a week of rest didn't help his injured foot, Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Thursday morning. Pagano did not give a timetable for when Kelly would be able to return.

Kelly and Andrew Luck were ready to become the Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning of this generation of Colts.

Thursday's news comes just one week after Kelly was reportedly having foot trouble at practice. Brian Schwenke, a fifth-year veteran, was brought in this offseason as a free agent to be Kelly's backup, but has been on the PUP list since the start of training camp, also with a foot injury. Schwenke does have 28 career starts, mainly playing center in four National Football League seasons.

The Colts could certainly look outside the building for options at center.

In the past, the Colts have mentioned Jack Mewhort/Joe Haeg, the current starting guards, as options to take some emergency practice reps at center.

In Week One against the Rams, the Colts will see arguably the game's most disruptive interior defensive lineman in Aaron Donald.

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