Indianapolis Colts starting defensive tackle Ed Johnson was arrested Wednesday morning for speeding and marijuana possession. Colts GM Bill Polian says the team is still working out how to discipline the second-year player. Coach Tony Dungy confirms that, whatever Johnson’s punishment ends up being, it will definitely include him not playing this Sunday at the Metrodome against the Vikings. Great year so far for the Colts, eh? They lose Peyton Manning for the preseason, then have center Jeff Saturday go down (it’s still unknown whether he will play this Sunday), then see TE Dallas Clark suffer another injury. And now a suspension for a starting defensive player coming off a game that saw them surrender 29 points to the offensively-challenged Bears. Fire up Adrian Peterson and get ready for some up-the-middle action. If Matt Forte can ring up 123 yards on them, what can AD do? Put me down for at least 200.
Yeah, I know, it’s hard to be overconfident given the way the Colts have owned the Vikings in recent years. But I don’t care. Indy is clearly on the way downhill. Marvin Harrison is basically finished (with football, not shooting people), Manning is having health problems for the first time and the defense is unraveling. This is not the Colts of two years ago when they won the Super Bowl. And yes, I realize I picked them to win it this year, but now I think I’ll have to reassess. I smell a nice bounce-back victory this weekend for the Vikings. Hopefully the Colts won’t lose anymore starters between now and then, either to injury or felonious activity.