The Indianapolis Colts placed offensive lineman Matt Slauson on injured reserve Monday after he reportedly broke two vertebrae in his spine, according to Zak Keefer of the Indy Star. Slauson sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Colts Week 5 matchup with the New England Patriots.
It wasn't until after the game that Slauson found out he could have been paralyzed with one more hit, Keefer added.
"I had no idea how close I was to changing my family's life," Slauson said.
The 32-year-old is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season after signing a one-year, $2.5-million contract last offseason. The Colts have asked him to stay around the team and attend practices for the rest of the season.
"I can't imagine playing anywhere else," Slauson said, according to Keefer