INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been a troubling few days for Elkhart’s Nathan Palmer.
A sprained MCL knocked the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver out of a Saturday, Aug. 24, NFL preseason home game with Cleveland.
On Monday, the club placed Palmer on waivers.
“I’m pretty frustrated,” Palmer said Tuesday afternoon. “I have to talk to my agent and make a decision.”
Palmer does have options. If he clears waivers and is not tagged by another NFL franchise, he could be placed on the Colts’ injured reserve list and be lost for the 2013 season.
The Colts have said the Elkhart Central and Northern Illinois graduate could miss up to six weeks.
If Palmer chooses to take a waiver settlement from the Colts, he’d be free to sign with another league team if one is interested. He has five days to make a decision.
But the likelihood that Palmer would make the 53-man roster for Indianapolis is slim to none.
“It’s a team, it’s a business ... they only have so much roster space,” Palmer said. “I’ve been working my butt off this season put myself in a position to make the team. I thought I gave myself a pretty good chance. It was bad timing as the GM (Ryan Grigson) described to me.
“I know it happens a lot in this profession. You just never think it will happen to you.”
Palmer was hurt in the second half of a 27-6 victory over the Browns while blocking for teammate Griff Whalen on a screen pass.
“I was blocking a guy and washing him out of bounds and the guy hitting (Whalen) sling-shotted right into my knee while I planted it,’’ Palmer said.
Palmer joined Indianapolis last season after originally being signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent.