Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/11/12


Bruce Arians and Trai Essex won two Super Bowls together in Pittsburgh. Now Arians hopes the veteran offensive lineman can bring his versatility to Indianapolis and help plug some holes there that threaten the safety of his star quarterback.

Essex was signed on Monday after head coach Chuck Pagano revealed it would be at least another week before starting guard Joe Reitz would be ready to play. Right tackle Winston Justice also left yesterday's loss to the Bears early with an undisclosed head injury.

The Bears collapsed Andrew Luck's pocket with regularity yesterday, forcing several high throws from the rookie. Essex brings something this young Colts team is always looking for: experience. With the Steelers, Essex played in 82 games including six postseason contests and three Super Bowls.

Essex's versatility is also a trait highly coveted. Last season, amid a season of injuries along the Steelers' offensive line, Essex played every position, including center. For that reason, the Colts correspondingly cut backup center AQ Shipley and backup tackle Mike Person.

With Reitz again likely out next week, it's unclear whether Essex, a Fort Wayne native, would start in his spot or Seth Olsen would start again. Essex, a veteran of working with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, should get up to speed fairly quickly.

Once Reitz is healthy, he's likely to regain his starting spot, but Essex certainly gives the Colts some welcome depth at every position along the line.

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