Deon Cain

Deon Cain

Wide Receiver #8
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 202 lb.
Born:August 9, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 6 (185)
Draft Team:IND

Deon Cain: Cutting and sprinting at OTAs

Cain (knee) has been sprinting, cutting and running routes, giving him a chance to be ready for the start of training camp, Zak Keeper of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Both player and team have hinted at a cautious approach to rehab throughout the offseason, with general manager Chris Ballard even suggesting that Cain may not be his usual self until midway through the 2019 campaign. His progress seems to be moving along a bit faster than anticipated as the young wideout works his way back from the ACL tear he suffered Aug. 9. Cain will be 13 months removed from the injury by Week 1, but there's no assurance of a significant role even if he's ready to play. A repeat of his 2018 bid for a starting role will be tricky, as the Colts now have Devin Funchess, Zach Pascal and second-round pick Parris Campbell competing for roles behind top wideout T.Y. Hilton.

May 30, 2019 8:30 AM EST

Deon Cain: Not looking good for Week 1

General manager Chris Ballard believes Cain (knee) won't return to full strength until midway through the 2019 season, Andrew Walker of reports.

Analysis: Cain also hinted at a cautious timeline back in January when he said he didn't expect to begin practicing until August. The team is hoping for some level of participation during training camp, but a Week 1 appearance may be too much to ask. The 2018 sixth-round pick made a bid for a significant role before he suffered a torn ACL on Aug. 9, and the conservative timeline nine months later suggests he suffered additional damage in his knee. The team Cain rejoins likely will have better pass-catching depth, though injuries to teammates may take a toll by the time he's actually ready to play in a game.

May 14, 2019 5:40 PM EST

Deon Cain: May not practice until August

Cain (knee) doesn't expect to resume practicing until August, Kevin Bowen of ESPN 1070 The Fan reports.

Analysis: The 2018 sixth-round pick wants to be cautious with his rehab from a torn ACL suffered Aug. 9, though he may be ready for some form of football activity during spring practices. He was pushing for a key role on offense prior to the devastating injury and has recently received endorsements from Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and general manager Chris Ballard. The 22-year-old wideout stuck around the team facility throughout his rookie campaign, gaining familiarity with Frank Reich's scheme while sitting in on meetings. He'll be 13 months removed from the injury by the team Week 1 rolls around, and he could be in the mix for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp.

January 25, 2019 6:28 AM EST

Deon Cain: Not expected back for OTAs

Cain (knee) said Sunday that he won't rush his rehab from a torn ACL this offseason and doesn't expect to resume on-field workouts until training camp, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Considering Cain required surgery back in August to address ligament damage to his knee, it's not too surprising that he doesn't plan on participating in the Colts' OTAs in April. That said, the wideout indicated that he's pleased with how he's progressing in his recovery, suggesting he should be back to full strength in advance of the 2019 campaign. Prior to being shuttled to injured reserve, the 2018 sixth-round pick was staking a claim to a meaningful role in the Colts' receiver ranks behind top option T.Y. Hilton. If he avoids any setbacks in his recovery during camp, Cain could have some sleeper appeal heading into the upcoming season.

January 14, 2019 9:19 AM EST

Deon Cain: Ahead of schedule in rehab

Cain (knee) relayed Wednesday that he's "ahead of schedule" in his rehab from surgery to repair a torn ACL, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: The rookie sixth-round pick suffered the season-ending injury during the exhibition slate, resulting in his placement on injured reserve in August. Though he won't get a chance to contribute for the Colts this season, the fact that he's progressing quicker than anticipated suggests that he might be ready to go for OTAs next spring. Even if that timeline proves too ambitious, the wideout should be running and cutting without limitations by the time training camp arrives.

October 17, 2018 10:19 AM EST

Deon Cain: Heads to IR

The Colts placed Cain on injured reserve Sunday.

Analysis: It was only a matter of time before Cain would reside on IR after tearing his ACL on Thursday. With the rookie wideout out for the season, Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers likely are safe bets to serve as the Colts' Nos. 2 and 3 wide receivers, which could be lucrative on the receiving end of Andrew Luck passes.

August 12, 2018 3:50 PM EST

Deon Cain: Tears ACL, out for season

Cain suffered a torn ACL in Thursday's preseason game in Seattle and will miss the rest of the season, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: A sixth-round pick this year, Cain was one of the surprise standouts of training camp to date. His loss could open the door for the likes of K.J. Brent, James Wright (knee) and Reece Fountain (knee) to move of the wideout depth chart in the coming weeks.

August 10, 2018 3:19 PM EST

Deon Cain: Exits with knee injury

Cain let Thursday's preseason game against Seattle with a knee injury and will not return, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Cain had one reception for four yards on two targets before departing. Cain has had a strong training camp and put himself in position to be in the mix with Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant for the top two receiver jobs, so any injury could see him lose ground in the battle.

August 9, 2018 8:56 PM EST

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