“He’s beat to crap,” the coach said.
Take your pick when talking about Gore’s injury problems -- thigh, ankle, finger. Pagano made those comments after the 32-year-old Gore was held to a season-low 24 yards on 19 carries against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
“He’s like everybody else,” Pagano said. “He took some shots (against the Buccaneers). But he’s a warrior. He’s a tough son of a gun and he finds a way to get himself right by Sunday and he’ll be right come Sunday night (at Pittsburgh) and we’re going to need him.”
It's not encouraging words for fantasy owners. Dan Herron was recently brought back after being claimed off waivers from Buffalo and will likely take Ahmad Bradshaw's role in the passing game. But, the Colts need Gore. They need him badly in fact, the story said. What began as a backfield with depth at the start of the season has very little of it now.