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Colts’ Michael Pittman out lengthy period due to compartment leg syndrome

Michael Pittman, Colts

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman will likely be out until Week 8 due to a compartment leg syndrome in his calf, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Rapoport said Pittman underwent successful surgery on Sunday night and is expected to be ready to play after the team’s bye week, lining him up to return on Nov. 1 against the Detroit Lions.

According to ESPN’s Mike Wells, Colts head coach Frank Reich said Monday that Pittman suffered the injury during the team’s win over the New York Jets and his calf worsened overnight, prompting a decision to undergo a surgical procedure. Reich is did not put a specific timetable on his return.

Through the first three weeks of his rookie season, Pittman ranks fifth on the team in receiving yards (73). He has nine receptions on 12 targets.

The Colts drafted Pittman Jr. out of USC in the second round (No. 34 overall) in the 2020 draft.

Indianapolis had already placed wideout Parris Campbell (knee) on IR, so the extended absence of Pittman will leave QB Philip Rivers with limited options for a few weeks. Zach Pascal, who has seven catches for 71 yards this season, could see more opportunities in the mean time.

Reich’s team has bounced back from a disappointing Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) with back-to-back wins over the winless Minnesota Vikings and Jets. Fortunately for Colts fans, the upcoming schedule doesn’t get too much tougher — at least on paper. The Colts will visit the Chicago Bears (2-1) and the Cleveland Brown (2-1) over the next two weeks, then host the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2-1) at home before a bye and the Lions matchup.