Former Stanford safety Delano Howell is seeking more medical opinions about a neck injury that has kept him out of Indianapolis Colts practice for almost two weeks and could threaten his season or even his career, general manager Ryan Grigson said Tuesday.
Howell, 24, also missed the final 10 games last season with a neck injury.
"That's why he's getting multiple opinions because you want to make sure that everybody has their opinion going in the same direction because it's not like you're dealing with a fingernail here," Grigson said.
Howell entered training camp as the front-runner to win the starting job opposite LaRon Landry in the Colts secondary.
Coach Chuck Pagano and Grigson were so confident Howell could plug the void left by longtime starter Antoine Bethea, who signed with the 49ers as a free agent, that they didn't draft a safety in May. Instead, Indy signed NFL veterans Mike Adams and Colt Anderson to compete with Howell and Sergio Brown for the job.
Howell was an All-Pac-12 first-team selection as a senior in 2011. Indianapolis signed Howell off the Buffalo Bills practice squad in 2012, and he played in five games for the Colts that season.
Santa Clara received two first-place votes in the annual preseason poll of the West Coast Conference's eight men's soccer coaches. Defending champion Loyola Marymount earned 48 out of a possible 49 points to go along with six first-place votes. Portland and San Diego each captured 27 votes for a share of third place, and Saint Mary's rounded out the top five with 26 points.
Saint Mary's senior defender Bobby Conner made the preseason all-conference team.
All eight WCC teams begin play Aug. 29.
Santa Clara will play host to Saint Mary's when West Coast Conference women's basketball play begins Dec. 27. The conference released its schedule Tuesday. Saint Mary's home opener is Jan. 1 against Pepperdine. Game times have yet to be determined.
The WCC tournament is March 5-10 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
SaberCats offensive lineman Rich Ranglin has been named the Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second time. He also earned the distinction in 2011 with the Kansas City Command.
Ranglin was a steady fixture on an offensive line that only allowed 20 sacks, fifth fewest in the league.
Wire services contributed to this report.