Colts DT Simon out for season

Oct 5, 2006 - 9:41 PM INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) - The Indianapolis Colts will have to rely on some other than Corey Simon to plug up holes this season.

The Colts on Thursday announced the former Pro Bowl defensive tackle will not play this season due to a mysterious illness.

The club placed Simon on the non-football injury list, officially ending his season.

Expected to be major part of the Colts' run defense, the 300-pound Simon has not played or practiced since banging his knee in early August.

Simon underwent arthroscopic surgery later in summer. However, Colts president Bill Polian said Thursday that Simon's knee injury and illness are not connected.

"Fortunately, we are told it is not life-threatening, but it has severely limited Corey's ability to condition, practice or play and has been debilitating for him," Polian said.

"We reached this decision reluctantly and only after extensive tests were run by our medical staff and many outside medical specialists, including those at the Mayo Clinic. Fortunately, Corey has shown some improvement in recent days, but none of the medical personnel we consulted believe he can safely return to football in the near future."

Simon, 29, spent his first five years with Philadelphia before signing with Indianapolis prior to last season.

The sixth overall pick in 2000, Simon has registered 245 tackles and 32 sacks in 91 career games.

In Simon's absence, the unbeaten Colts (4-0) have been using Montae Reagor and Raheem Brock at the tackle spots.

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