The Indianapolis Colts today signed offensive tackle Pierce Burton to the practice squad and released offensive tackle John Wetzel from the practice squad.
Burton, 6-5, 305 pounds, has spent time on the Carolina Panthers (Weeks 2-11) and Atlanta Falcons (Week 1) practice squads this season. He was signed to the Panthers practice squad on September 19 and released on November 24. Burton spent the 2015 offseason and training camp with the Falcons before being waived during final cuts on September 5. He was signed to the Falcons practice squad three days later and released on September 16. Burton originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2014. He spent the 2014 training camp with the Vikings before being released on August 25, 2014. Burton then re-signed again with the Vikings on August 1, 2015 and was waived a month later.
Collegiately, Burton started all 26 games at right tackle in two seasons (2012-13) at Mississippi. He was selected to the 2014 College All-Star Bowl after his senior year. In 2013, Burton was a member of the offensive line that helped total the most single-season yards in school history (6,153). In 2012, he helped a Rebel offense score the third-most points in program history (409). Prior to Mississippi, Burton played his sophomore year at City College of San Francisco, and was a member of the team that went 12-0 and won a state and national title. He began his collegiate career at San Jose State, where he redshirted and played his freshman season.
Wetzel, 6-7, 328 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 24. He spent the first nine weeks of the 2015 season on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before being released on November 12. In 2014, Wetzel spent the entire season on the Cowboys practice squad. He also spent the final seven weeks of the 2013 season on the Cowboys practice squad. Wetzel originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free in 2013.
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