The starting defensive end, Kwity Paye, injured his left knee during the middle of an 11-on-11 exercise on Wednesday and had to sit out the rest of practice. Paye, the first overall pick in 2021 and the expected starting left defensive tackle opposite Yannick Ngakoue this season.
went down in the middle of a pile of guys and was hesitant to get up, causing players like Ngakoue and DeForest Buckner to come to check on him. On the other hand, Paye stayed on the field until the final whistle blew.
The Colts’ medical staff examined Paye and decided to ice his left knee during some of the practice before removing the ice later on. Paye participated in the final few periods of practice without a knee brace or wrap, and he walked all the way off the field before getting on a cart to head back to the team facilities.
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After sustaining a knee injury during team practice, the second-year edge limped out with the help of trainers and subsequently returned with a bandage on his knee.
Recently, the Colts’ starting punter Rigoberto Sanchez suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, thus the team was relieved to hear good news about Paye.
After making 32 tackles (16 solos), three tackles for loss, four quarterback sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and a pass defense in 15 starts in 2021, the Colts’ first-round pick from the previous year is widely expected to have a strong sophomore season.
With DeForest Buckner and Yannick Ngakoue on the other side of the ball, Paye should get plenty of chances to pressure the passer individually. He has the potential to be a game-changing pass rusher for the Colts if he keeps improving his speed, power, and athleticism.
All the Colts need now is to make it through the rest of practice and the season’s final preseason game this weekend without suffering any more serious injuries.
Paye saw action in nine games for Michigan as a freshman in 2017 and recorded five tackles and one sack. In 2018, as a sophomore, he started four games, totaling 29 tackles and two sacks.
There were 11 games in which he started as a junior, and he finished with 50 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Paye transferred back to Michigan for his senior year, but the 2020 campaign was cut short by the COVID-19 epidemic, and he was only able to participate in four games.
His mother gave him the name Kwity after his maternal grandpa, who had been murdered in the conflict, and she and his older brother Komotay emigrated to Providence, Rhode Island, in the United States when he was just six months old.
It was there that he and his brother developed a love for American football; Kwity would go on to attend Bishop Hendricken High School in nearby Warwick.
As a senior in 2016, he has voted the Gatorade Football Player of the Year in Rhode Island after playing both running back and defensive end. Even though Paye had previously committed to play college football at Boston College, he ultimately decided to attend the University of Michigan instead.
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