Sep 8, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) works against Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) during the third quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Colts T Anthony Castonzo retires after 10 seasons

Veteran Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement on Tuesday.

The Colts selected him with the No. 22 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, and he started all 144 of his regular-season games with the franchise.

“I have given much to the game of football, but it has given me so much more,” Castonzo said. “I close the book on the football chapter of my life gifted with memories and moments I wouldn’t trade for anything.”

He played 100 percent of the team’s snaps in 2019 but suffered through injuries in 2020. He missed one game with a rib injury, one more with an MCL sprain and then two more after a ligament injury to an ankle required surgery.

“Anthony was a pillar of this team for the last 10 seasons,” general manager Chris Ballard said. “He played one of the toughest positions in the game at an extremely high level for a long time. Anthony was a veteran leader in our locker room and will be greatly missed.”

Castonzo anchored an offensive line charged with protecting quarterback Andrew Luck and others, as well as opening holes for 1,000-yard rushers Frank Gore and Marlon Mack.

“Anthony deserves a tremendous amount of credit for helping our offensive line mature into one of the best units in the NFL. He will sorely be missed,” owner Jim Irsay said.

And Castonzo, 32, said he will miss the team he played 144 games for, too.

“The Indianapolis Colts is a special organization with special ownership who fill the organization with special people at every level. I truly believe this is the best organization in all of sports,” he said. “I am lucky to have been able to call myself a Colt for the past ten years and will consider myself a Colt for the rest of my life.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Colts LT Castonzo (knee/ankle) won’t play Sunday

Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo was ruled out for Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh due to knee and ankle injuries.

The Colts (10-4) were already missing starting right tackle Braden Smith for the showdown with the Steelers (11-3) after he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

Castonzo, 32, had been listed as questionable. He was a limited participant Thursday, but did not practice Friday.

Castonzo has started 144 games, including 12 this season, since Indianapolis selected him with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Colts activated tackle J’Marcus Webb and guard Jake Eldrenkamp from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Colts LT Castonzo injures knee vs. Titans

Indianapolis Colts starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo left Sunday’s game against the visiting Tennessee Titans early in the second quarter with a knee injury.

Castonzo later was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Castonzo appeared to sustain the injury on Jacoby Brissett’s 1-yard touchdown run that tied the score at 14 with 12:51 left in the second quarter.

Le’Raven Clark replaced Castonzo in protecting quarterback Philip Rivers’ blind side.

The Colts offensive line began the game without center Ryan Kelly, who was sidelined with a neck injury.

–Field Level Media