Nov 5, 2022; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Garrett Nelson (44) celebrates after a stop against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska LB Garrett Nelson enters NFL draft

Nebraska linebacker/edge rusher Garrett Nelson announced Tuesday that he is declaring for the NFL draft.

Nelson started the final 32 games of his Nebraska career.

“To the fans of Nebraska, you have shown me an overwhelming amount of support and love,” Nelson wrote in his announcement on Twitter. “From saying hello on the street, to letters, messages, hand shakes and kind words. No matter how big or small of gesture, all of you have a special place in my heart forever.

“That being said after speaking with my family, I am declaring for the NFL draft.”

Nelson had 26 tackles for loss, including 12 sacks, in 43 games during his four seasons with the Cornhuskers. He had nine tackles for loss — including 5.5 sacks — this season while earning second-team All-Big Ten honors.

The team captain had 65 tackles this season and 167 in his career. He had two fumble recoveries and forced one in 2022.

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Sep 26, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive guard Quenton Nelson (56) leaves the field at half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Colts activate Quenton Nelson, rule out T.Y. Hilton vs. 49ers

Indianapolis Colts left guard Quenton Nelson was activated off injured reserve on Saturday and is expected to play against San Francisco on Sunday night.

The Colts (2-4) also placed safety Julian Blackmon on injured reserve and ruled out wide receiver T.Y. Hilton for the road game against the 49ers (2-3).

Nelson, a three-time All-Pro, has missed the past three games with a high-ankle sprain.

Prior to the injury, Nelson started 51 consecutive games to begin his career after being taken by the Colts with the sixth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old has made the Pro Bowl in each season of his career so far.

Blackmon, 23, sustained a torn Achilles in practice on Wednesday.

He has 34 tackles (two for loss), one pass defended and one forced fumble in six starts in 2021.

The 2020 third-round pick stepped into a starting role when Malik Hooker injured his Achilles last season.

Hilton, 31, was placed on IR in early September after neck surgery. He made his season debut last Sunday and had four catches for 80 yards before sustaining a quadriceps injury in a 31-3 victory over the Houston Texans.

Hilton has 612 catches for 9,440 yards and 50 touchdowns in 134 career games with the Colts. He made the Pro Bowl four straight years from 2014-17.

Also on Saturday, the Colts elevated wide receiver Keke Coutee and safety Josh Jones to the active roster from the practice squad.

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Sep 26, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive guard Quenton Nelson (56) is checked on by the team trainer after an injury during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Colts’ G Quenton Nelson likely for 49ers; WR T.Y. Hilton iffy

Indianapolis Colts star left guard Quenton Nelson got through the week without a setback and is expected to be activated off injured reserve to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

Nelson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has missed the past three games due to a high-ankle sprain.

“He handled it well, he looked good,” Colts coach Frank Reich said of Nelson on Friday. “I expect all systems will be go.”

The status of receiver T.Y. Hilton (quadriceps) remains in doubt even as the club listed him as questionable for the game. Hilton didn’t participate in practices all week and a decision on his availability could come as soon as Saturday.

“We’re not going to rule him out, we’re going to evaluate it tomorrow,” Reich said. “It’s probably not likely that he’s gonna go, but I’m not going to rule it out just yet. … We pushed it today a little bit to see if he was close, and because it’s T.Y., we just want to wait one more day before making any determination.”

The Colts ruled out five players for Sunday’s game: offensive tackle Braden Smith (foot, thumb), defensive end Kemoko Turay (groin), cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (ankle), running back Jordan Wilkins (non-football illness) and safety Julian Blackmon (Achilles).

Blackmon suffered the season-ending torn Achilles in practice on Wednesday. He is expected to be placed on injured reserve when the Colts activate Nelson.

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May 27, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Eric Fisher (79) talks with coaches during Indianapolis Colts OTAs. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Colts OT Eric Fisher, OG Quenton Nelson expected to play Week 2

Offensive tackle Eric Fisher completed practice and remains on target to play Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts.

It would be Fisher’s first game since rupturing his Achilles in the AFC Championship game in January. He also had a setback in training camp following a positive COVID-19 test.

Fisher could see time at left tackle when the Colts (0-1) host the Los Angeles Rams (1-0). Head coach Frank Reich said the team will give him another day before making a final decision.

All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson completed practice Friday, a rarity during the first two weeks of the season, and is “full go” for Sunday’s battle in the trenches with All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (calf) is out for a second consecutive game, Reich said.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger (4) drops back to pass as he is watched by Carson Wentz and Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich during a combined Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers practice at Grand Park in Westfield on Thursday, August 12, 2021, during Colts camp.

Colts Entertain Panthers

Colts OG Quenton Nelson (back) misses practice, QB Carson Wentz ready

An unspecified back injury kept All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson out of practice Wednesday, but the Indianapolis Colts gave quarterback Carson Wentz the green light for Week 1.

Wentz, sidelined during training camp by foot surgery, overcame missing multiple weeks of practice and a recent quarantine as a close contact to get ready for the Seattle Seahawks in the regular-season opener on Sunday.

Nelson had surgery on his right foot on Aug. 3, one day after Wentz, but is fully cleared from that procedure.

“Just has an occasional back flare-up,” Colts coach Frank Reich said of Nelson. “We just want to try to get ahead of it and get him back on track.”

Starting cornerback Xavier Rhodes was also sidelined Wednesday with tightness in his calf.

Whether stonewall blocker Nelson can line up in front of Wentz is unclear. Reich said all of the team’s injured players have a chance to play Sunday.

Nelson said he underwent three offseason surgeries — but resisted divulging what the operations were for or when they took place — and had the same foot surgery as Wentz in August.

Left tackle Eric Fisher was on the field for the Colts on Wednesday and will make an attempt to play. He was limited in practice by design, Reich said, but the Colts view Fisher as fully recovered from the torn Achilles he suffered with the Kansas City Chiefs in January.

Fisher’s return was delayed by a positive COVID-19 result two weeks ago.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) took the field to observe practice Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, during training camp at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.

Indianapolis Colts Training Camp At Grand Park In Westfield Indiana Tuesday Aug 17 2021

Colts welcome back QB Carson Wentz, O-line mates

Carson Wentz and two of his starting offensive linemen returned from injuries and participated with the Indianapolis Colts during Monday’s workout.

Wentz and All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson are still in the rehab stage of recovery from the same surgical procedure but there was no indication their foot injuries would be any concern during the open practice Monday.

Wentz ran in a straight line, dropped back from center and worked on plant-and-drive zig-zag cuts moving forward and backward. Nelson shuffled laterally and looked quick and comfortable in pass and run block sets.

Also back is center Ryan Kelly, who injured his elbow nearly three weeks ago during a wave of injuries at the outset of training camp.

To date, Wentz was considered iffy for the Sept. 12 regular-season opener because of a timeline for his return set at 5 to 12 weeks.

He has been on the field during most workouts as a non-participant, observing drills and play calls to continue assimilating to the offense.

Head coach Frank Reich said Sunday the Colts plan to remain cautious with all three starters and leave any decisions on their involvement in full squad workouts to the medical staff.

Reich and Wentz worked together with the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded the former No. 2 pick to the Colts in the offseason.

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Indianapolis Colts offensive guard Quenton Nelson (56) stretches at the start of practice at Grand Park in Westfield on Thursday, July 29, 2021, on the second full day of workouts of this summer's Colts training camp.

Colts Camp Revs Up

Colts QB Carson Wentz on target to start Week 1

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz and guard Quenton Nelson are on target to return from foot surgeries in time for the regular-season opener on Sept. 12.

ESPN reported the key starters are on track to be back five weeks after surgery, which would put them on the field for practice in early September. Wentz and then Nelson had the same foot surgery to repair broken bones.

“All signs are pretty positive right now,” Colts coach Frank Reich said Wednesday on NFL Network. “Whether that comes out to Week 1, 2 — we don’t know but we’ll find out soon enough.”

Wentz and Nelson were on the field for the second consecutive day Wednesday taking “mental reps” and will begin advanced rehab soon, but Reich said neither is close to being back on the field for contact drills.

Without Wentz, rookie Sam Ehlinger worked his way into first-team reps at quarterback along with Jacob Eason.

Reich said he’d rotate the young passers in the preseason with Brett Hundley also in the mix for time.

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Dec 13, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (56) blocks for quarterback Philip Rivers (17) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Colts pick up fifth-year option of star G Quenton Nelson

The Indianapolis Colts picked up the fifth-year-option of three-time Pro Bowl left guard Quenton Nelson on Wednesday.

Nelson will receive $13.754 million in 2022 in the final season of his rookie deal.

Nelson was selected sixth overall in the 2018 NFL Draft and has been a major star for the Colts. He has been named first-team All-Pro in each of his three seasons.

The 25-year-old has started all 48 regular-season games and three postseason games during his career. He has allowed just three career sacks on 1,946 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, including one in 2020.

The next step for the Colts will be trying to lock Nelson up with a big money extension that begins after 2022.

Colts owner Jim Irsay recently referred to Nelson as a “generational player.”

“As far as leadership and the type of team guy he is, it’s off the charts,” Irsay said. “He is why the Colts are a physical team. When you’re coming to play us, you are coming to play the Big-Q and he is the guy that represents us out there and everyone on this roster knows. He is the alpha male holding it down now. That is a tough guy.

“His talents are just remarkable. If he stays healthy, he may be 14 All-Pro years in a row.”

Nelson was a college All-American for Notre Dame in 2017 prior to joining the Colts.

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Nov 15, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) reacts leaving the field after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Roethlisberger questionable for Monday night

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was listed as questionable on Saturday’s injury report ahead of the unbeaten Steelers’ Monday night game against the Washington Football Team.

Roethlisberger has been dealing with a knee injury and did not practice Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

The 38-year-old veteran completed 36 of 51 passes for 266 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Wednesday’s 19-14 victory against the Baltimore Ravens. He has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 2,800 yards, 25 touchdowns and six picks in 11 starts.

If Roethlisberger can’t go Monday night, Mason Rudolph likely would start when the Steelers (11-0) host Washington (4-7) at 5 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s injury report also listed kicker Chris Boswell as questionable with a hip injury and cornerback Steven Nelson as doubtful with a knee injury.

The Steelers also activated defensive end Stephon Tuitt from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was placed on the list on Nov. 27 and missed the rescheduled game against the Ravens.

Tuitt, 27, has 32 tackles and ranks third on the team with a career-high seven sacks in 10 starts.

Boswell, 29, has converted 18 of 19 field goals and 31 of 35 extra points in 11 games this season.

Nelson, 27, was injured in Wednesday night’s game. He has started all 11 games, posting two interceptions and 31 tackles.

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