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Joe Reitz | Guard | #76

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 325
College: Western Michigan
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Colts RT Joe Reitz announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.
Only 31, this decision comes as something of a shock, but he did deal with a back injury throughout last season. Reitz was a do-it-all lineman for the Colts, but he spent the last two seasons primarily at right tackle. While the left side is set, the Colts have serious work to do on the right side of their offensive line. Tue, Mar 7, 2017 10:59:00 AM

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The Colts will be without three starting offensive linemen in Week 15 against the Vikings.

They lost LG Jack Mewhort for the season in Week 14, while RT Joe Reitz (back) and RG Denzelle Good (ankle) have been ruled out. The entire right side of Indy's offensive line will be made up of rookies with first-rounder Ryan Kelly at center, fifth-rounder Joe Haeg at right guard, and third-rounder La'Raven Clark at right tackle. The Colts are in a scary situation entering a road trip to Minnesota to face one of the NFL's best defensive lines. Andrew Luck is going to have to get the ball out quick.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 01:32:00 PM

The Colts will be without both RT Joe Reitz and RG Denzelle Good Week 4 against the Jaguars.

Neither player has been particularly good this season, but it is a slight blow to the offense. The Colts could start as many as three rookies on the line against the Jags.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 08:08:00 AM

Colts RT Joe Reitz exited Week 3 against the Chargers with a back injury.

Right guard Joe Haeg has moved to right tackle, with Jonotthan Harris entering.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 06:45:00 PM

Joe Reitz is penciled in as the Colts' starting right tackle.

It was Reitz's primary position in 2015, though he also spent time at left tackle and right guard. Denzelle Good is currently running as the Colts' right guard. The right side of the line remains a major trouble spot for Andrew Luck.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Colts re-signed G/T Joe Reitz to three-year, $9 million contract.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal could reach $10 million with incentives. Returning the focus to the offensive line is a step in the right direction after the Colts struggled in that area last year. Reitz earned negative grades from Pro Football Focus in both pass protection and run blocking in 2014, but his versatility makes him an asset. He played three of the five offensive line positions last year including both guard spots.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 10:33:00 AM

Colts G/T Joe Reitz was forced from Thursday's preseason finale with a high-ankle sprain.

The injury is to his left ankle. Reitz is one of the top reserves along the Colts' entire line, so it's a big blow. He's unlikely to return before October.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Colts re-signed OG Joe Reitz to a one-year, $1.431 million contract.

Reitz was a restricted free agent. Reitz appeared in 14 games last season, and has made 20 starts over the past three years. Reitz can start in a pinch, but is ticketed for a reserve role.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 02:13:00 PM

Reserve Colts OG Joe Reitz has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Reitz started in Week 14, but was limited to 13 snaps against the Texans. He should be considered day to day.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Colts re-signed exclusive rights free agent OG Joe Reitz.

Reitz started eight games at left guard last season, but was an adventure both as a run blocker and pass protector. Reitz will face competition in the form of FA signee Donald Thomas or a draft pick. Ideally for Indy, he'd lose. Jeff Linkenbach is another (bad) option. Thomas may supplant Mike McGlynn at right guard.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Colts LG Joe Reitz (concussion) has been ruled out for the Wild Card Round.

Reitz graded out negatively as both a run and pass blocker this regular season by Pro Football Focus. Of course, backup Jeff Linkenbach was even worse. It's a concerning loss because Haloti Ngata often lines up over the opposing left guard. As it was all year, line play will be a weakness for Indy in the playoffs.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 12:40:00 PM

Colts LG Joe Reitz did not return after sustaining a head injury in Week 17.

He may have to go through the NFL's testing protocol. Reitz also left the Week 13 game with a head injury, appearing dazed while being carted off the field. Backup Jeff Linkenbach would be a liability if forced to start at Baltimore on Sunday.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 05:06:00 PM

Colts LG Joe Reitz left Sunday's Week 13 game against the Lions with an undisclosed injury.

Reitz went down early in the first quarter and appeared dazed as he was carted off the field. Consider him doubtful to return. Jeff Linkenbach has come on at left guard.
Sun, Dec 2, 2012 01:21:00 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed LG Joe Reitz had a "minor" surgical procedure on his knee.

That explains Reitz's extended absence. Pagano expects both Reitz and ILB Pat Angerer (foot) to return against the Packers after the Week 4 bye. Seth Olsen, a major liability in pass protection, has been filling in for Reitz.
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 12:53:00 PM

Colts LG Joe Reitz (knee) missed practice all week and is out for Week 1.

Reitz didn't even travel with the team. Seth Olsen will step in and man the position in Reitz's absence, while Jeff Linkenbach backs up. Andrew Luck's protection is going to be shaky all season long.
Sat, Sep 8, 2012 01:22:00 PM

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