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Ryan Diem | Guard

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/1/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 320
College: Northern Illinois
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Former Colts G/T Ryan Diem announced his retirement from football.
Diem protected Peyton Manning at right tackle for a decade before the lost season of 2011. A fourth-round pick out of Northern Illinois in 2001, Diem started 150 of 158 games for the Colts. Diem never appeared in a Pro Bowl, though he played near that level for several years. The 32-year-old made 14 playoff starts in 11 seasons. Fri, Mar 23, 2012 11:19:00 AM

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Colts G/T Ryan Diem admitted he may retire this offseason.

Diem will be an unrestricted free agent in March and turns 33 in July. "I'm going to take some time to think about everything and process it," he said. "This isn't the way anyone wants to go out, but I don't think that really tarnishes the rest of my career." Diem has started 150 games for the Colts since they selected him in the fourth round of the 2001 draft.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 09:30:00 AM

Colts RT Ryan Diem (high ankle sprain) is inactive for Sunday's Week 7 game against the Saints.

With Diem and LT Anthony Castonzo out, the line is a concern against the Saints' exotic blitz schemes. Look for Dallas Clark and the Colts running backs to be asked to help with pass protection. QB Kerry Collins, WR Anthony Gonzalez, QB Peyton Manning, LB A.J. Edds, and DT Drake Nevis are also inactive.
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 07:50:00 PM

Colts RG Ryan Diem returned to a full practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 2.

Diem seems likely to play this week at Cincinnati, but his position is up in the air. The Colts could leave Mike Pollak at right guard, pushing Diem back out to right tackle in place of street free agent Quinn Ojinnaka.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 07:29:00 PM

Colts RG Ryan Diem may have suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Browns.

Diem is still undergoing testing to determine the extent of his sprain. Mike Pollak figures to get the nod at right guard this week in a nightmare matchup with the Steelers.
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 11:30:00 AM

Colts RG Ryan Diem left Sunday's game against the Browns with an ankle injury.

Diem is questionable to return. The Colts are running a hurry-up offense that is helping protect Kerry Collins and their shaky offensive line. Backup Mike Pollak has come on and isn't a huge downgrade.
Sun, Sep 18, 2011 02:02:00 PM

Ryan Diem practiced at right guard Tuesday, with Jeff Linkenbach kicking over to right tackle.

The Colts are shuffling their offensive line. With first-round rookie Anthony Castonzo locked in at left tackle, Diem has moved inside for the first time since 2001 to accommodate Linkenbach. Regardless, this unit projects as one of the weakest in the league, especially in run blocking.
Wed, Aug 17, 2011 10:07:00 AM

Colts RT Ryan Diem has agreed to a pay cut to stay on Indianapolis' roster.

Diem was due a $5.4 million salary in the final year of his contract. After struggling mightily in pass protection in 2010, the 32-year-old would have been released if not for the restructuring. Diem graded out as Pro Football Focus' 70th-rated tackle among 78 last season. He was an even worse 75th in run blocking, which isn't what you want from a strong-side lineman.
Sun, Jul 31, 2011 01:34:00 PM

The Indianapolis Star speculates that RT Ryan Diem could be a salary casualty this offseason.

Diem was awful in 2010 and is owed $5.4 million, so at the very least he should be asked to restructure. Heading to the heart of the offseason, tackle is Indianapolis' most glaring need. LT Charlie Johnson is a free agent.
Thu, Feb 24, 2011 01:03:00 PM

Colts RT Ryan Diem revealed that he missed the team's playoff loss to the Jets due to two fractured bones in his back.

The injury happened in Week 17. "I got speared in the back," he said. Diem won't need surgery, but the 31-year-old had his worst year as a pro in 2010. Due a hefty $5.4 million salary next season, he isn't guaranteed to be back.
Mon, Jan 10, 2011 01:56:00 PM

Colts declared RT Ryan Diem, LB Clint Session, OL Jamey Richard, RB Javarris James, S Al Afalava, OG Jaimie Thomas, OT Joe Reitz, and DT Antonio Johnson inactive for the Wild Card round.

Diem is a very poor starting right tackle, but his replacement is undrafted rookie Jeff Linkenbach. You can be sure that Rex Ryan will attempt to exploit Linkenbach, who struggled in spot starts at guard earlier this year.
Sat, Jan 8, 2011 06:33:00 PM

Colts RT Ryan Diem's (back) availability is in doubt for Saturday's game against the Jets.

Diem did not miss a single snap during the regular season, so this is uncharted waters for the Colts. If Diem can't go, coach Jim Caldwell said undrafted rookie Jeff Linkenbach will start. It's an area of concern for Indy.
Sat, Jan 8, 2011 09:38:00 AM

Colts RT Ryan Diem (elbow) has been ruled out for Week 17.

Diem would've only played a series or two in Buffalo, and he will likely have to wear an elbow brace in the playoffs. Michael Toudouze is listed as his backup.
Sat, Jan 2, 2010 09:23:00 AM

Colts RT Ryan Diem (back) has resumed practicing at training camp.

His injury was never a big concern. Charlie Johnson and Diem will be the Colts' starting tackles to open the year. Tony Ugoh will back both of them up.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 03:08:00 PM

The Colts say RT Ryan Diem's back injury will only keep him out "a few days."

The Colts catch a break. Tony Ugoh will start Indianapolis' exhibition opener.
Wed, Aug 12, 2009 05:39:00 PM

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