Angry red lines course the flesh over and around Ben Ijalana’s oft-ravaged left knee. “Beauty marks,” he calls the scars that trace his professional football career: From hurt to hurt, disappointment to disappointment, from where he has been to where he plants and pushes on today.
What’s next is what everyone wonders.
“We’re eager to see that. I’m eager to see that,” Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.
“Nobody really knows. He’s so much stronger; so much better an athlete now. I’m excited to see what he can do,” Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo said.
So is Ijalana (EYE-juh-lah-na), one of an intriguing range of possibilities afforded by a horde of reinforcements on the Colts’ offensive line.
“It’s show time,” the third-year tackle said, seated in the kitchen of his handsomely appointed 2,200-square-foot Downtown condo. “I’m the great mystery. I want to see for myself.”
Showtime is training camp, which opens Saturday when the Colts report to Anderson Univer