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Frank Reich confirms that Colts WR Daurice Fountain will miss 2019 season after dislocated and fractured ankle

Frank Reich

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich confirmed the news on Sunday afternoon that second-year wide receiver Daurice Fountain had dislocated and fractured his ankle, according to Mike Chappell.

Fountain, 23, will soon be placed on the injury reserve list and is expected to be out for the entire 2019 season.

The Colts selected the 6-foot-2 wideout from Northern Iowa in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Indianapolis did not carry Fountain on its roster, however, as the Wisconsin native was waived in September of last year and later signed to the practice squad. Fountain was only activated for one game in December last season, too.

It is a disappointing—what could be—end to Fountain’s NFL dreams. Despite finding himself drafted, there was no guarantee the young receiver could find adequate snaps to give himself a cushion as a rookie and beyond with the Colts. It is difficult to imagine Fountain having any long-term role on the team.

Fountain’s ankle injury further examines how thin Indianapolis’ wide receiver corps is already. Similarly, 2018 sixth-round selection Deon Cain from Clemson tore his ACL in his NFL preseason game and missed the entire season. Cain is back at camp with the Colts recovering from last year’s debilitating injury.

In order to combat their receivers dropping like flies—outside of the stalwart T.Y. Hilton—the Colts selected Ohio State product Parris Campbell in the second round of this year’s draft. Additionally, Indy signed veteran wideout Devin Funchess from the Carolina Panthers in the offseason.

Now the next move is to guarantee the health of embattled quarterback Andrew Luck.