Indianapolis Colts’ Rigoberto Sanchez has damaged his Achilles, more likely to be out for the season

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez suffered an Achilles injury in training Tuesday, the team announced Wednesday.

The injury is likely to keep him out of the 2022 season.

Sanchez picked up the injury while running a wind sprint at the end of Tuesday’s practice. Further testing showed that his Achilles was torn.

The Colts have used Sanchez as a player and kickoff specialist since he joined the club as a free agent in 2017. Sanchez signed a four-year extension in 2019 after establishing himself as one of the top players in his position.

The Colts have implemented wind sprints after some of their practice during this training camp to supplement player conditioning. The team has generally shortened training this season and ended 90 minutes of training when Sanchez picked up an injury.

Sanchez was ninth in the NFL in shots taken inside the 20-yard line last season (43.4%). He has also been one of the best directional kicks in the game, a skill the Colts often use against top-kicks and counter-kicks.

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