The Indianapolis Colts today elevated inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed free agent cornerback Jalil Brown.
The team also waived cornerback Josh Thomas, placed inside linebacker Nate Irving on the Injured Reserve list and signed linebacker Edwin Jackson to the practice squad.
Herrera, 6-1, 249 pounds, has spent most of the season (Weeks 1-5, 7-13) on the team’s practice squad. He was elevated to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on October 17. He played in Week 6 vs. New England and assisted on one special teams tackle. Herrera was waived from the active roster on October 20 and signed to the practice squad the next day. He was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Herrera started 43-of-54 games at Georgia and totaled 334 tackles (147 solo), 21.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions.
Brown, 6-1, 210 pounds, played in the first four games (three starts) for the Colts in 2015 and registered 15 tackles (12 solo) and one pass defensed. He was placed on the Injured Reserve list on October 7 and released six days later. He originally signed with the Colts as a free agent on November 27, 2014. Brown has seen action in 43 games (five starts) over his NFL career and totaled 40 tackles (37 solo), four passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 17 special teams tackles with Indianapolis (2013-15) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-12).
Thomas, 5-11, 185 pounds, has played in eight games for the Colts this season and registered three tackles, two passes defensed and one special teams tackle. He has seen action in 51 career NFL games (10 starts) with the Colts, Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers and totaled 69 tackles (54 solo), 13 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
Irving, 6-1, 253 pounds, has played in eight games (two starts) for the Colts this season and registered 18 tackles (13 solo), 1.0 sack, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and two special teams tackles. He signed with the team as an unrestricted free agent on March 23, 2015. Irving has seen action in 62 career NFL games (14 starts) and totaled 99 tackles (62 solo), 3.0 sacks, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and 24 special teams tackles. He has also played in six postseason contests (three starts) and posted nine tackles and one pass defensed.
Jackson, 6-0, 230 pounds, most recently spent time with the Arizona Cardinals. He signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He spent the entire offseason and most of training camp with the team before being waived on August 31.
Collegiately, Jackson 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 after joining the team as a walk-on in 2011. He was a Sun Belt first-team selection and a Medal of Honor Bowl participant as a senior. In 2014, Jackson started all 12 games and led the team and ranked in the top-10 of the Sun Belt Conference with 100 tackles (58 solo). He also added 4.0 tackles for loss, one pass defensed, one interception and one forced fumble. As a junior, Jackson saw action in 11 games and led the Eagles with 92 tackles (52 solo) while contributing 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. He played in 12 games in 2012 and tallied 16 tackles (five solo) and 0.5 tackles for loss. Jackson appeared in 13 games as a freshman and recorded 10 tackles (six solo) after joining the team as a walk-on.
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