Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano says he knows only one person in the NFL that knows about the safety Jabbaal Shead’s injury: former coach Chuck Noll.
Pagano said the Colts did not take the injury lightly, and that the injury was a blessing in disguise.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve done,” Pagano told reporters Wednesday.
“But we’re very lucky we’ve been able to keep it under control.”
Sheard was taken off the field on Nov. 3 after being hit by a football during practice and was initially listed as doubtful for the Colts’ Nov. 15 game against the Buffalo Bills.
The Colts said Sheard will be out until the season opener against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 4.
Sheard has started every game for the 49ers this season and was one of only two players to start in all 16 games.
The other player to start all 16 was safety Justin Smith.
Smith has played in seven games this season.
Pagans team also signed former Colts receiver Josh Boyce, who played for the New York Jets in 2014 and is now a member of the Houston Texans.
He had nine catches for 102 yards in two games this past season.
Colts coach Mike Shanahan said he would not be surprised if Sheard returns to action for the team.
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” Shanahan said.
“He’s done a lot of things well.
He’s a talented player.
He can run routes.
He has great feet.
I think he’s one of the guys that we’ll just get to see.”