Colts exercise 5th-year option on star guard Quenton Nelson

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INDIANAPOLIS — In a move surprising no one, the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday exercised the fifth-year option on perennial All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson’s rookie contract.

Nelson, the Colts' first-round selection (sixth overall) in the 2018 draft, has started all 48 regular-season games and three post-season games at left guard. He's been voted an All-Pro in all three seasons — the first offensive lineman and the fifth player since the 1970 merger to be so honoured . The others were Barry Sanders, Keith Jackson, Lawrence Taylor and Earl Campbell.

The Colts have allowed the second-fewest sacks (71) in the NFL since 2018 and had a 1,000-yard rusher during each of the past two seasons.

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