Colts HC Frank Reich said Wednesday that G Matt Slauson suffered a “significant” back injury during the Patriots game, which led to him being placed on injured reserve.
Slauson later told reporters that he broke two vertebrae in his spine early in the third quarter of last week’s game and still played through it.
Slauson found out after the game that he could have done serious damage and possibly have been paralyzed.
“I had no idea how close I was to changing my family’s life,” Slauson said, per Zak Keefer.
Slauson will be a free agent next year, but said he “can’t imagine playing anywhere else,” per Keefer.
Slauson, 32, is a former sixth-round pick of the Jets back in 2009. He spent four years in New York before signing on with the Bears in 2013.
Slauson played out his two-year, $3 million contract with the Chargers before agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Colts this offseason.
In 2018, Slauson appeared in five games for the Colts.