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Colts Lose Safety Julian Blackmon to Torn Achilles

Colts starting free safety Julian Blackmon tore an Achilles in practice on Wednesday and is out for the season.

The Indianapolis Colts were dealt some brutal news when they learned starting free safety Julian Blackmon tore an Achilles during practice on Wednesday and will now miss the remainder of the season.

Blackmon is one of the young stars of this Colts team and an integral part of their talented defense.

In his second season after the Colts made him a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Blackmon has started 20-of-21 games, totaling 76 tackles (5 for loss), 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, and 7 pass breakups.

It's the latest in a tough few years of recovering from injuries for Blackmon, whose rookie season was slightly delayed after tearing an ACL in the final game of his collegiate career.

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Blackmon brings a likely irreplaceable blend of football IQ, instincts, range, tackling, and playmaking ability to a Colts secondary that hasn't seen as many talented players as him come through often.

Potential immediate in-house replacements for Blackmon are George Odum and Andrew Sendejo. T.J. Carrie, who is currently on Injured Reserve, could also fill in when (if) he returns this season, as well as Josh Jones, who was signed to the practice squad on Wednesday.

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