The Indianapolis Colts today elevated defensive end Earl Okine and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed running back Trey Williams off of the Miami Dolphins practice squad.
The team also placed wide receiver Griff Whalen and defensive tackle Billy Winn on the Injured Reserve list and waived running back Zurlon Tipton.
Okine, 6-6, 290 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 5. He played in three games (Weeks 1-3) for Indianapolis in 2015 and registered three tackles before being waived on October 1. Okine saw action with the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) in 2014, where he helped the team to a 4-0 mark. He also played for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2014 and totaled 28 tackles (16 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery in 16 games. Prior to joining the Predators, Okine spent time with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Collegiately, he appeared in 41 career games at the University of Florida and finished with 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one blocked field goal and one pass defensed.
Quarles, 6-4, 312 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 18. He spent time on the New England Patriots practice squad before being released on December 15. Quarles also spent time on the Cleveland Browns practice squad this season. Quarles re-joined Indianapolis after spending the entire 2015 offseason and training camp with the team. He was waived during final cuts on September 5 before joining the Browns. Quarles was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 25, 2014. He was first signed to the Colts active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad on September 16, 2014 and was waived on November 24, 2014. He played in two games in 2014 and recorded one tackle, 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He spent the entire offseason and training camp with the team before being waived on August 30, 2014 and being claimed by the Patriots off waivers the next day.
Collegiately, Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles, 13.0 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he was named a First Team All-America selection by Sporting News and was a Second Team All-America choice by The Associated Press after leading the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
Williams, 5-7, 195 pounds, has spent time with the Washington Redskins (practice squad), Dallas Cowboys (active roster), New England Patriots (active roster and practice squad) and Dolphins (practice squad) this season. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Redskins on May 7, 2015. He spent the entire offseason and training camp with the team before being waived during final cuts.
Collegiately, Williams played in 36 games at Texas A&M and totaled 204 carries for 1,343 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also added 38 receptions for 330 yards and one touchdown. In 2014, Williams led the team in rushing with 474 yards and six touchdowns on 70 carries. He also caught 14 passes for 59 yards and amassed 318 return yards on 13 kickoff returns as his 851 all-purpose yards ranked second on the team. As a sophomore in 2013, Williams tallied 407 rushing yards, caught 10 passes for 54 yards and totaled 706 kickoff return yards. In 2012, Williams registered 65 carries for 376 yards and five touchdowns, 12 receptions for 171 yards and 25 kickoff returns for 557 yards en route to being named to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference team.
Whalen, 5-11, 190 pounds, played in all 14 games for the Colts this season and caught 19 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown. He also collected 12 punt returns for 85 yards (7.1 avg.) and nine kickoff returns for 244 yards (27.1 avg.). Whalen has seen action in 33 career NFL games (three starts) and recorded 45 receptions for 487 yards and three touchdowns, 46 punt returns for 376 yards (8.2 avg.) and 25 kickoff returns for 645 yards (25.8 avg.). He has appeared in two postseason contests (one start) for the Colts and totaled seven passes for 93 yards, two punt returns for six yards (3.0 avg.) and one kickoff return for 16 yards (16.0 avg.).
Winn, 6-4, 300 pounds, was acquired by the Colts on September 11 via a trade with the Cleveland Browns. He saw action in 12 games (three starts) this season and registered 14 tackles (11 solo) and two fumble recoveries. Winn has played in 51 career NFL games (21 starts) and totaled 92 tackles (65 solo), 3.0 sacks, five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Tipton, 6-0, 230 pounds, was signed by the Colts on November 30. He has spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad this season. Tipton played in 10 games for Indianapolis this season and carried the ball five times for 20 yards and caught five passes for 57 yards. He has played in 16 career NFL games and recorded 15 carries for 38 yards and 11 receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown. Tipton has seen action in three postseason contests and tallied 18 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown and three receptions for 22 yards.
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