Indianapolis Colts Football

Statement from Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 31, 2015 – 4:21 pm

“As of today, no decision has been made with respect to any structural changes within the Colts organization for 2016 and beyond.” – Owner and CEO Jim Irsay 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:22 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tight end Brian Vogler to the practice squad. 

Vogler, 6-7, 262 pounds, most recently spent the 2015 offseason and training camp with the Chicago Bears before being waived on August 11. He originally signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2015.

 

Collegiately, Vogler played in 49 games at Alabama and totaled 17 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He won two National Championships (2011, 2012) as a member of the Crimson Tide. In 2014, Vogler saw action in 14 games and finished with six receptions for 27 yards and one touchdown. As a junior, he played in 12 games and set career highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (71) and scored one touchdown. In 2012, Vogler appeared in 14 games and caught two passes for 21 yards as he helped Alabama win their second-straight BCS National Championship. He played in nine games as a redshirt freshman and made one catch for six yards. Vogler redshirted as a true freshman in 2010.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 30, 2015 – 5:49 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated tight end Erik Swoope to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placed tight end Dwayne Allen on the Injured Reserve list. 

Swoope, 6-5, 243 pounds, has spent the entire season on the Colts practice squad. He also spent the 2014 season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Swoope originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. He was a four-year standout on the University of Miami basketball team. Swoope started 27-of-110 games and totaled 291 career points, 186 rebounds, 37 steals, 31 assists and 25 blocks in 1,190 minutes.

 

Allen, 6-3, 265 pounds, played in 13 games (12 starts) for the Colts this season and totaled 16 receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown. He has seen action in 43 career NFL games (42 starts) and tallied 91 receptions for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns. Allen was originally drafted by the Colts in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.


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COLTS OLB-ROBERT MATHIS NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 10:02 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16. This marks the fourth time he has earned the award in his career (Week 7 in 2005, Week 13 in 2008, Week 16 in 2011). 

In the Colts 18-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins, Mathis totaled five tackles (four solo) and 2.0 sacks. He recorded his first sack in the second quarter when he brought down Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill for an eight-yard loss on third down and forced Miami to punt. Down 18-12 with 40 seconds left in the game, the Dolphins possessed the ball with first-and-goal from the Colts five-yard line. After three consecutive incompletions, Mathis sealed the victory for Indianapolis when he sacked Tannehill on fourth down to record his 29th career multiple-sack game, which extends a franchise record.

 

Mathis is the fourth Colts player to earn Player of the Week honors this season and the third defensive player. Safety Mike Adams (Week 5) and cornerback Darius Butler (Week 9) were each named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, while punter Pat McAfee (Week 3) earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Last month, kicker Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 29, 2015 – 5:01 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent quarterback Ryan Lindley. 

Lindley, 6-3, 232 pounds, most recently spent time with the New England Patriots during 2015 training camp. He was signed by the Patriots on August 10, 2015 and waived on September 4. Lindley has seen action in nine career NFL games (six starts) and completed 134-of-264 passes for 1,314 yards with two touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In 2014, Lindley spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the San Diego Chargers practice squad. He was signed to the Arizona Cardinals 53-man roster off of the Chargers practice squad on November 11, 2014. Lindley played in three games (two starts) for the Cardinals in 2014 and completed 45-of-93 passes for 562 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He also started one postseason contest for the Cardinals and connected on 16-of-28 passes for 82 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. As a rookie in 2012, Lindley appeared in six games (four starts) and completed 89-of-171 passes for 752 yards and seven interceptions. He was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:30 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent quarterback Josh Freeman and promoted inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. 

The team also signed guard Kitt O’Brien to the practice squad and placed inside linebacker Josh McNary on the Injured Reserve list.

 

Freeman, 6-6, 248 pounds, has played in 61 career NFL games (60 starts) and completed 1,164-of-2,020 passes for 13,724 yards with 80 touchdowns and 67 interceptions for a passer rating of 77.8. He also has recorded 922 rushing yards on 197 attempts. Freeman most recently played for the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) in 2015. He spent most of the 2015 offseason and all of training camp with the Miami Dolphins before being waived during final cuts on September 5. Freeman signed with the New York Giants as a free agent on April 21, 2014 and was waived by the team the following month. In 2013, he started three games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and connected on 43-of-94 passes for 571 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Freeman was waived by the team on October 3, 2013 and signed with the Minnesota Vikings four days later. He started one game for the Vikings and completed 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards and one interception. Freeman was originally selected by the Buccaneers in the first round (17th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with Tampa Bay he started 59-of-60 games and completed 1,144-of-1,967 passes for 13,534 yards with 80 touchdowns and 67 interceptions.

 

Herrera, 6-1, 249 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 15. He has spent most of the season (Weeks 1-5, 7-13, 15-16) on the team’s practice squad. Herrera has had two stints on the team’s 53-man roster, playing in Week 6 vs. New England and Week 14 at Jacksonville, and assisting on one special teams tackle. He was most recently promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on December 8. Herrera was originally selected by the Colts in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

 

O’Brien, 6-5, 310 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending two weeks on the team’s practice squad (Weeks 8-9) earlier this season. He was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 31 and released on November 10. O’Brien spent time with Indianapolis in training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 5, 2015. He played the last two seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL) with the Cleveland Gladiators after his collegiate career at Ball State. In two seasons with Cleveland he appeared in 23 games.

 

At Ball State, O’Brien started 36-of-40 career games for the Cardinals. As a junior in 2011, he started all 12 games for the second time in his career and was part of an offensive line that tied for 12th in the nation for fewest sacks allowed with 11.0.

 

McNary, 6-0, 251 pounds, was elevated to the 53-man roster from the Colts practice squad on September 15. He played in 13 games (one start) for Indianapolis this season and totaled 21 tackles (10 solo) and 1.0 tackle for loss. McNary also contributed on special teams and recorded five tackles. He has played in 33 career NFL games (five starts) and registered 56 tackles (34 solo) and 0.5 sack. McNary has seen action in four postseason contests and tallied six tackles (three solo) and seven special teams tackles.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 28, 2015 – 3:36 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today placed guard Hugh Thornton and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst on the Injured Reserve list. 

Thornton, 6-3, 324 pounds, started 12-of-13 games on the offensive line for the Colts this season. He has played in 37 career games (32 starts) for Indianapolis since the team drafted him in the third round (86th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Thornton also started two postseason contests for the team as a rookie in 2013.

 

Whitehurst, 6-5, 226 pounds, was claimed by the Colts off waivers from the Tennessee Titans on November 12, 2015. He played in four games for the Colts this season and completed 16-of-32 passes for 150 yards and one interception. Whitehurst has appeared in 24 career NFL games (nine starts) and connected on 205-of-372 passes for 2,281 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Dolphins

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 27, 2015 – 4:17 pm

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MIAMI – The Colts three-game losing streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon in Miami.

 

With that, the Colts have kept their very, very slim playoff hopes alive heading into Week 17.

 

The Colts (7-8) will conclude the 2015 regular season with a visit from the Tennessee Titans (3-12) on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS – Before anyone could start scoreboard watching on Sunday, the Colts had to handle their own business. They did that with an 18-12 victory that took virtually every single one of those 60 minutes. With Houston’s 34-6 win over the Titans on Sunday, the Colts had to win In Miami to keep their season alive.

 

ANOTHER INJURY SIDELINES HASSELBECK – A right (throwing) shoulder injury to Matt Hasselbeck ended his day during the second quarter on Sunday. For the fourth straight week, an injury to Hasselbeck sent him to the sideline. In his relief, Charlie Whitehurst was able to manage things enough. After Sunday’s win, Hasselbeck (AC Sprain) did not sound too optimistic about playing in the regular season finale next week.

 

GORE LEADS MIAMI CONTINGENT – Touchdown runs of 37 and 11 yards on Sunday highlighted the 5.7-yard per carry afternoon for Frank Gore. The Colts desperately needed Gore’s production on Sunday. It was even sweeter for Gore as the Miami crew (Gore, T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Phillip Dorsett and even former Dolphins Vontae Davis and Kendall Langford) all were key contributors to Sunday’s win.

 

PASS RUSH DELIVERS – They got the scoring started on Sunday and also ended the game. Behind multi-sack games from Kendall Langford, Robert Mathis and T.Y. McGill, the Colts combined for six sacks on Sunday. McGill’s first quarter safety and Mathis’ fourth-down sack to end the game were the highlights.

 

ANY HOPE? – If Denver beats Cincinnati on Monday, the Colts will keep their miniscule playoff hopes alive for one final week. Yet, for the Colts to earn a postseason berth, they will need potentially 10 of the 16 games next week to go their way. Not great odds for the 7-8 Colts.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 24, 2015 – 10:37 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed quarterback Stephen Morris to the 53-man roster off of the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad and placed cornerback D’Joun Smith on the Injured Reserve list. 

Morris, 6-2, 218 pounds, has spent most of the season on the Eagles practice squad. He was claimed by Philadelphia off waivers on September 6, 2015. Morris was waived by Philadelphia on September 21 and signed to the practice squad two days later. He spent the entire 2015 offseason and training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars before being waived on September 4. Morris originally signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He spent most of his rookie season on the Jaguars practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster for the last two weeks of the season.

 

Collegiately, Morris was a four-year letterman at Miami (FL) and started the final 25 games of his career. He played in 36 games (30 starts) and completed 551-of-955 passes for 7,896 yards with 49 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. As a senior in 2013, Morris started all 13 games and became only the second quarterback in school history to post multiple 3,000-yard seasons as he completed 198-of-344 passes for 3,028 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He was named Third Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and league’s coaches. In 2012, Morris started all 12 games and threw for 3,345 yards, 21 touchdowns and only seven interceptions as he completed 245-of-421 passing attempts. His 3,415 yards of total offense and 421 passing attempts set Hurricane single-season records. Morris saw action in five games (one start) as a sophomore and completed 26-of-37 passes for 283 yards and two interceptions. He appeared in six games (four starts) as a true freshman in 2010 and connected on 82-of-153 passes for 1,240 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.

 

Smith, 5-11, 193 pounds, played in four games for the Colts this season and recovered a special teams fumble. He was placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list on September 18, where he spent eight weeks before being activated on November 16. Smith was originally drafted by the Colts in the third round (65th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Collegiately, he played in 44 career games at Florida Atlantic and totaled 120 tackles (78 solo), nine interceptions, 29 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 1.0 sack.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 22, 2015 – 9:53 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed linebacker Edwin Jackson, wide receiver Joshua Stangby and defensive tackle Joe Vellano to the practice squad. 

Jackson, 6-0, 230 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending one week on the team’s practice squad earlier this season. He was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 8 and waived on December 16. Jackson originally signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015 and spent the entire offseason and most of training camp with the team before being waived on August 31. He played in 48 games at Georgia Southern and totaled 218 tackles (121 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

 

Stangby, 5-10, 185 pounds, most recently spent time with the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2015 and waived four days later.

 

Collegiately, Stangby played two seasons at Ottawa University (Kansas). He was a two-time All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference selection and totaled 84 receptions for 1,465 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2014, Stangby caught 52 passes for 958 yards (18.4 avg.) and 13 touchdowns. He tallied 32 receptions for 507 yards (15.8 avg.) and five touchdowns in his first season as a Brave in 2013. Stangby also contributed on special teams and had 37 kickoff returns for 1,036 yards (28.0 avg.) and two touchdowns. He was Second Team All-KCAC as a kick returner and Honorable Mention All-KCAC as a receiver. Stangby ranked first in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in total kickoff return yards and eighth in kickoff return yards per attempt. Prior to Ottawa, he earned first team all-state honors as a receiver and was a first team all-conference selection as a kick returner at Los Angeles Valley College. Stangby totaled 62 receptions for 993 yards and eight touchdowns for the Monarchs.

 

Vellano, 6-2, 300 pounds, most recently spent time on the New England Patriots practice squad. He has played in 21 career NFL games (nine starts) and totaled 54 tackles (37 solo), 3.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. Vellano has also seen action in three postseason contests and collected six tackles (three solo) and 1.0 sack. He spent time on the Patriots active roster and practice squad in 2014 and played in five games (one start). Vellano recorded six tackles (five solo) and 1.0 sack. He also tallied one tackle in his lone postseason appearance of the season. Vellano saw action in all 16 games (eights starts) as a rookie in 2013 and registered 48 tackles (32 solo), 2.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. He appeared in two postseason games and made five tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack. Vellano originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2013.

 

Collegiately, Vellano was a two-time team captain at Maryland. He was First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference as a senior in 2012 after recording 61 tackles and 6.0 sacks. Vellano finished with a career-high 94 tackles as a junior and was named an All-American and a consensus First Team All-ACC choice.

 


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