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The Indianapolis Colts today waived the following players: WR-Jeremy Ross, RB-Darren Evans, TE-Andre Smith, T-Mike Tepper, C-Zane Taylor, T-Steven Baker, DT-Jason Shirley, ILB-Greg Lloyd, TE-Kyle Miller, G-Hayworth Hicks, OLB-Jerry Brown, S-Latarrius Thomas, DT-Chigbo Anunoby, WR-Kashif Moore and LS-Justin Snow.
The Colts Waived-Injured RB-Deji Karim, DE-James Aiono, OLB-Tim Fugger, CB-Brandon King and S-Mike Newton.
The Colts placed WR-Jabin Sambrano and CB-Korey Lindsey on Injured Reserve.
The Colts released OT-George Foster from Injured Reserve.
Justin Snow was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 28, 2000. He has appeared in every game in his career, competing in 192 consecutive regular season games, the second-longest streak in club history.
Jabin Sambrano, Steven Baker, James Aiono, Hayworth Hicks and Chigbo Anunoby were all signed as undrafted free agents on April 30, 2012.
Jeremy Ross was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on September 28, 2011 before being signed to a reserve/future contract on January 5, 2012.
Darren Evans was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on July 29, 2011. He saw action in two games last season on special teams.
Deji Karim was claimed by the Colts off waivers on April 30, 2012.
Andre Smith was claimed off waivers by the Colts on May 15, 2012.
Mike Tepper was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on January 5, 2011. He appeared in six games, making four starts last season.
Zane Taylor was claimed off waivers by the Colts on May 18, 2012.
Jason Shirley signed with the Colts as a free agent on July 19, 2012.
Tim Fugger was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (214th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
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Mario Addison will celebrate his birthday next Thursday and he wants no other way to enjoy it than playing against his former team.
The Colts second-year outside linebacker put together one of the more impressive stat lines of the evening against the Bengals—six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and two tackles on special teams.
Seeing the most playing time of the preseason, Addison played all four quarters against the Bengals.
While Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have gotten most of the attention in moving to linebacker this season, Addison is also making the transition.
“I love the defense. It gives you a lot of freedom,” Addison said. “The coaches, they call the plays to put everybody in a good position so that’s what I like about it. It’s a team and if everybody fills their gap, you’re going to stop the play.”
Last season, Addison joined the Colts in late November and played in three games, getting reps at defensive end and on special teams.
Even with having four players learning a new position in 2012, Mathis says the defense is ideal for a player with Addison’s skill set.
“(Addison) fits the mold as an outside linebacker in this defense and he’s doing a good job for us,” Mathis said.
Addison’s first sack against the Bengals went down as just a one-yard loss but the Troy University product came across the field to stop Bengals quarterback Zac Robinson. The sack proved to be critical as inside linebacker Moise Fokou would force a fumble later in the drive.
The second sack by Addison was a little more impactful as the six-yard loss started the final drive for the Bengals which ended in a turnover on downs.
“I knew I had to make (the offensive tackle) re-set his feet so I hit him with an in-and-out move,” Addison said. “I faked like I was going in real hard and came back outside on him, which made him stop his path.
With Freeney and Mathis playing sparingly this preseason, Addison has excelled in extra playing time with six quarterback hurries and three sacks.
Addison, an undrafted free agent in 2011, played three games with the Bears before the Colts claimed him off waivers.
Addison’s eyes lit up when he thought about the prospect of opening the regular season against a familiar team, a mere three days after his 25th birthday.
“I’m ready,” Addison said. “When I make this team, hopefully, I pray to God that I do, I’m going to release it on the Bears.”
Tags: Dwight Freeney, Mario Addison, robert mathis
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For several Colts players, last night’s preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals was a final interview of sorts. It was their last chance to either make their case to make the Colts’ 53-man roster or get some good action on film so they can possibly hook on with another team. For running backs Deji Karim and Vick Ballard and wide receiver Kris Adams, the night saw them get the opportunities they were looking for and each answered the door when opportunity knocked.
Karim, whom the Colts acquired as a free agent from Jacksonville, was one of a stable of backs hoping to stick with the Colts. Last night he saw his most extensive action of the preseason, rushing 12 times for 36 yards and a touchdown. Now Karim, along with a host of other Colts on the roster bubble, must wait until he finds out today whether or not he’s earned a spot on the Colts’ final roster. For his part, Karim is comfortable letting the chips fall where they may:
“There’s nothing more I can do. It’s all part of God’s plan. I just hope I’ve done enough to impress the coaches.”
Rookie Vick Ballard was similarly pleased with the effort he’s put forth this preseason. Ballard knows well that fifth round draft picks are hardly guaranteed roster spots, especially on teams with the kind of competition at his position present with the Colts.
Ballard only had one official carry last night for four yards, but had a 33 yard run where he showed his speed and elusiveness negated by a holding call. Even though he finished as the team’s leading rusher in preseason, Ballard’s not resting on any laurels just yet.
“I don’t want to fall into complacency. I’m just going to keep working and get better.”
Free agent wide receiver Kris Adams is another who is trying to make the jump from being an unknown to making an NFL roster. Adams has been one of the most impressive players in practice this preseason, but hadn’t really had many game opportunities to show his skills. That changed last night.
Adams hauled in two passes for a team high 55 yards before leaving the game after getting helmet to helmet contact attempting to catch a touchdown pass. Adams was alright afterwards and is excited about what he’s been able to do in preseason.
Adams will await word on the final roster with his family who have joined him in town.
“I’m going to get up early, enjoy my family. When I wake up, if I’m still here, I’m going to be excited. If not, it’s a journey. I just have to keep pushing.
It was nice to get some chances tonight, to get some good things on film. Hopefully I’ve impressed the coaches enough that if they can’t keep me, they can put in a good word for me.”
For these three Colts, the hard part was the effort it took to get to this point and even more hard work awaits them if they hope to advance their NFL careers. A little waiting to find out their fates isn’t phasing them very much.
Chuck Chapman is entering his second season as the editor and lead writer for Colts 101. He also covered the Cincinnati Bengals for the Sports Media 101. Chuck and his family are originally from Ohio, but have settled in Central Indiana and become big Colts fans. You can read Chuck’s other writing about the Colts at www.colts101.com.
Tags: Deji Karim, Kris Adams, vick ballard
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What’s up Colts Nation! Well this is my gameday blog, and I’m not going to lie I’m pretty excited! I’m going to be pretty short and sweet on this one. Not too many thoughts on the game other than I hope we go out there and compete to win the game, which I’m positive we will. Really I’m looking for some fans to tell me where they’re tailgating for tonight’s game at.
I need your HELP! I’m looking for some COLTSTRONG fans to help me get some footage to use for my introduction video that I’ll be using on Colts.com throughout the season. It’s a great opportunity to get some face time for yourself and your tailgate.
It’s simple, just Tweet me, use the #ColtsFanCasey hashtag, or write on my Facebook wall where you’ll be tailgating and what time you’re getting started. If you want to include some picture feel free as it might increase your chances of me paying a visit. If you aren’t tailgating tonight don’t worry, we’ll have plenty more opportunities to hang out before the game. I mean at least eight and hopefully more!
So give me a holler and let’s start this season off on the right foot!
Yours in Football,
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The roof and window will be open for tonight’s game against the Bengals
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The 2013 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader Calendar mixes sexy and casual to give fans the best of both worlds!
Shot at the Lucas Estate in Carmel, IN, this year’s edition featured plenty of water and wilderness shots.
The long awaited calendar will be unveiled on Thursday, Sept. 6th at the Indianapolis Colts Grill from 6-8pm.
Fans can purchase a calendar for $15 and have it signed by all 32 gorgeous women featured inside!
Football season may bring about cold weather, but purchasing the 2013 calendar makes it swimsuit season all year long!
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-Similar to the Colts, the Bengals are fighting injuries heading into the preseason finale. The Bengals held 16 players out of action against the Packers last week.
-That number included defensive end Carlos Dunlap, linebacker Rey Maualuga, and cornerbacks Jason Allen, Adam Jones, and Dre Kirkptarick.
-In last week’s 27-13 loss against the Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 12-of-22 for 154 yards, an interception and two rushing touchdowns.
-Bengals outside linebacker Dontay Moch leads the NFL with 3.5 sacks through three games of the preseason. Colts linebacker Jerry Hughes is right on his heels with 3.0 sacks.
-The Colts and Bengals is the closest geographical matchup among cities in the AFC at 110 miles. The Browns and Steelers come second at 137 miles.
-The Colts and Bengals have met in the preseason in 20 of the 21 past seasons.
-Former Colts defensive end Jamaal Anderson (2011) is now with the Bengals.
-Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was drafted by the Bengals in 1995.
-Colts offensive guard Mike McGlynn (2011), cornerback Korey Lindsey (2011) and defensive tackle Jason Shirley (2008-2011) all spent time with the Bengals.
-New Colts wide receiver Kashif Moore was cut earlier this week by the Bengals
Tags: Jason Shirley, Kashif Moore, Korey Lindsey, mike mcglynn, ryan grigson
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In the family of players that is the NFL, those that enter the league in the same draft class tend to cling to each other.
Going through the jump from college to the NFL can be a strenuous process so being able to lean on fellow players making the same leap is often beneficial.
This was the case back in 2009 as cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Jerraud Powers entered the NFL Draft.
Little did those two know that flash forward three years and their paths would cross again, this time in the same locker room.
“We were the same draft class, 2009, so we ran into each other a lot through the whole process,” Powers said. “I just kept in contact by him wishing me well, and me wishing him well throughout games, seeing him at certain events. We’ve been good friends ever since we’ve both entered the NFL.”
As Davis walked into the locker room Monday morning, he saw some more familiar faces in his new home.
“I know most of the guys, (Jerraud) Powers, Joe Lefeged,” Davis said. “It’s crazy, this league is so small. I’m excited to get to know more of the guys.”
Cornerback Brandon King spent a majority of the 2011 season with Davis and the Miami Dolphins and it’s that familiarity in the secondary room which should make the transition to Indianapolis easier.
“Any time you can go to a team and you know some guys on the team, you kind of don’t feel like the outcast, you can blend in with guys,” Powers said. “It’s not like he’s just a new face that nobody knows him. Everybody has at least heard of Vontae because of his production and what he’s done on the football field.”
Safety Antoine Bethea has a view of Davis’ ability from afar and calls him an ‘aggressive, fast’ corner that can cover.
Powers and him will now get a first-hand look at Davis’ talent and are happy to have another player of his caliber in an already talented secondary.
“You add another playmaker on the field,” Powers said. “He’s made a lot of plays for Miami, interceptions, hitting, no matter what it is, he’s made them. He’ll come at you, loves to play man-to-man coverage, loves the type of scheme we are in.”
If all goes well over the next two weeks, Davis is expected to start opposite Powers in the season opener in Chicago.
Colts fans got a brief scare on Saturday when Powers left the Redskins game with a knee sprain. On Monday though, Powers re-assured those worried that had the game been Week 1 of the regular season, he would have been back on the field.
“I’m fine,” Powers said.
“On the play with Robert Griffin III, I hit him on the sideline and kind of banged my knee a little bit. It ended up getting tight a little bit. I just came out for precautionary reasons but if it was a (regular season) game, I definitely wouldn’t have come out.”
Tags: antoine bethea, jerraud powers, Vontae Davis
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Below is a roster breakdown of the Colts current 75-man roster. Over the next four days, this roster will be trimmed to a final 53-man group
Quarterbacks (3): Chandler Harnish, Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton
Running Backs (6): Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Darren Evans, Deji Karim, Mewelde Moore
Wide Receiver (10): Kris Adams, Donnie Avery, LaVon Brazill, Austin Collie, Jarred Fayson, T.Y. Hilton, Jeremy Ross, Jabin Sambrano, Reggie Wayne, Griff Whalen
Tight End (5): Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Dominique Jones, Kyle Miller, Andre Smith
Offensive Line (16): Justin Anderson, Steven Baker, Anthony Castonzo, George Foster, Hayworth Hicks, Ben Ijalana, Winston Justice, Jeff Linkenbach, Mike McGlynn, Ty Nsekhe, Seth Olsen, Joe Reitz, Samson Satele, A.Q. Shipley, Zane Taylor, Mike Tepper
Defensive Line (10): James Aiono, Chigbo Anunoby, Josh Chapman, Antonio Johnson, Ricardo Matthews, Brandon McKinney, Fili Moala, Drake Nevis, Cory Redding, Jason Shirley
Linebackers (15): Mario Addison, Pat Angerer, Jerry Brown, Kavell Conner, A.J. Edds, Moise Fokou, Jerrell Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Tim Fugger, Mario Harvey, Justin Hickman, Jerry Hughes, Greg Llyod, Scott Lutrus, Robert Mathis
Cornerbacks (8): Vontae Davis, Josh Gordy, D.J. Johnson, Brandon King, Justin King, Korey Lindsey, Jerraud Powers, Cassius Vaughn
Safeties (6): Antoine Bethea, Jermale Hines, Joe Lefeged, Mike Newton, Latarrius Thomas, Tom Zbikowski
Specialists (4): Pat McAfee, Matt Overton, Justin Snow, Adam Vinatieri
Italicized =Injured Reserve
Underlined= Physically Unable to Perform
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With a pair of rookies in his position group, quarterback Drew Stanton is often known as the ‘father’ of the quarterback trio.
That name took on its actual meaning late Saturday evening as his wife, Kristin, and him welcomed Asher Harrison Stanton into the world.
The new baby boy was born at 10:24 p.m. in Carmel and thanks to some last minute planning, Stanton was able to be there.
Stanton made the trip to Washington D.C. on Friday afternoon with his teammates but once he got word that Kristin was going into labor, plans were made to send the Colts quarterback back home.
“(Clyde Christensen and Chuck Pagano) were unbelievable,” Stanton said. “Throughout the whole process, coach Pagano and Clyde were texting me, throughout the entire day even when they landed knowing he was just born. It was an unbelievable day. A little chaotic for me to get home, but nonetheless it was indescribable.”
During the day on Saturday, Stanton and his wife spent the afternoon taking in the Colts preseason game from the hospital.
Having been in Washington D.C. just hours earlier, Stanton admitted it was a little unusual watching his teammates play from home.
“We watched the game from the hospital, which was kind of a unique situation, knowing everything that was going on and what we were doing and following that way.”
Colts team chaplain Eric Simpson spent some time with the Stanton family on Sunday and Drew is extremely thankful that his wife and the newest member of his family are both in good health.
“It’s a blessing. I had a lot of support and a lot of prayers going in our direction. My wife was healthy through the entire process so I’m happy for that, my son as well,” Stanton said.
“Now I’m here at work, focused on that and getting ready. I’m glad (Asher) came when he did because it would have been a much more difficult decision had we been in Chicago.”
Tags: chuck pagano, Clyde Christensen, drew stanton
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