Indianapolis Colts guard Matt Slauson's season is likely over because of a back injury, but things were almost much worse for the 32-year old, who was in danger of being paralyzed during Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans.
On Wednesday - six days after he was on the field for all 88 possible snaps against the Patriots and two days after the Colts placed him on injured reserve out of nowhere - Slauson revealed that he played almost the entire second half of Thursday night's game with two broken vertebrae in his spine. However, when he got further evaluations from the doctors, he was one hit away from serious damage, which included potential paralysis.
Slauson had played every snap of the Colts' loss to the Patriots on Thursday night, and indeed had played every offensive snap for the team through its first five games.
On Wednesday, Colts coach Frank Reich admitted to media that Slauson had suffered a "significant" back injury, and that's why he landed on injured reserve.
The nine-year National Football League veteran signed a one-year deal with the Colts in March, and has spent time with a number of different teams during his career, including the New York Jets, Chicago Bears and the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.
Indy replaced the veteran by signing center-guard Evan Boehm off of the Los Angeles Rams practice squad.
'I can't imagine playing anywhere else, ' he told Keefer.