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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 26, 2016 – 5:49 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive end Kristjan Sokoli to the practice squad. 

Sokoli, 6-5, 295 pounds, was selected as an offensive lineman by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round (214th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in two games on the offensive line as a rookie for the Seahawks last season. Sokoli participated in Seattle’s 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived on August 30.

 

Collegiately, Sokoli appeared in 46 games (25 starts) at Buffalo as a defensive lineman and registered 95 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 2014, he started all 11 games and collected 32 tackles. Sokoli started all 13 games in 2013 and finished with 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 2012, he played in 12 games (one start) and tallied 20 tackles. Sokoli saw action in 10 games in 2011 and recorded 14 tackles. He redshirted as a freshman for the Bulls in 2010.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:39 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today released defensive end Sterling Bailey from the practice squad. 

Bailey, 6-3, 296 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 4. He participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Bailey originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He played in 42 career games (19 starts) at the University of Georgia and totaled 108 tackles (35 solo), 2.5 sacks and seven passes defensed.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is offensive lineman Joe Haeg

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:52 am

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is offensive lineman Joe Haeg.

Before Sunday, the last time Joe Haeg played guard in a real football game?

Well, never.

Not middle school, high school, college or the NFL.

The rookie started at right guard on Sunday, filling in for Denzelle Good (back). It wasn’t all gravy for Haeg on Saturday. Just before halftime a back injury to Joe Reitz forced Haeg out to right tackle, his more natural position.

Hang played the final 39 snaps of the game at right tackle, after 34 plays at right guard.

“You definitely have to change up your mindset a little bit,” Haeg said of the making the in-game switch, “but it’s something that I’ve been preparing for a lot lately, especially being a young guy, playing a lot of different positions, trying to be as versatile as possible.

“It was a little weird at first but after a couple of plays, you are right back into that mode.”

Coming into 2016, Haeg was expected to be the team’s top reserve lineman at four different positions, thanks to a strong offseason.

An ankle injury initially halted those plans, but Haeg is now back to health and provides a reliable option at multiple spots.

Sunday was quite the afternoon to get your first NFL start.

“That was a blast,” Haeg said after the win. “It was a once and a lifetime experience. I couldn’t be happier obviously with the overall outcome.”

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This is a 2016 photo of Joe Haeg of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. This image reflects the Indianapolis Colts active roster as of Monday, July 11, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

This is a 2016 photo of Joe Haeg of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team. This image reflects the Indianapolis Colts active roster as of Monday, July 11, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Chargers

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:40 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – In an action-packed afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts got their first win of 2016.

 

This time the offense and defense both made the winning plays on Sunday to help the Colts to a 26-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

 

The Colts (1-2) will now head five time zones east to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) in London on Sunday morning.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

T.Y. HILTON WALKS THE WALK – The Ghost did his talking on Wednesday and his walking on Sunday. Hilton said he needed to make more plays leading up to Week Three and he did—to the tune of eight catches for 174 yards and a touchdown. Hilton torched San Diego’s Pro Bowl CB-Jason Verrett all afternoon.

 

BOTH SIDES FINISH – Just like the first two weeks of 2016, the Colts had a chance late on Sunday to leave victorious. Both units were able to finish it off. The offense did it thanks to Hilton’s 62-yard catch and run. Then the defense clinched it with Clayton Geathers punching the ball loose from San Diego tight end Hunter Henry and Mike Adams jumping on the loose ball.

 

HEALTHY DEFENSE SHOWS UP – On Sunday, the Colts had 10 of their 11 expected starters on the field. From Henry Anderson, to Vontae Davis to Clayton Geathers, this was virtually the exact unit the Colts expected to have in 2016. Erik Walden was the star on Sunday with two sacks and two forced fumbles.

 

MUST WIN? – That phrase is rarely tossed around in Week Three of the NFL. But it was applicable to the Colts on Sunday. Even after starting 0-2, the Colts are now just one game back of the Houston Texans, who reside atop the AFC South at 2-1.

 

LONDON BOUND – Next up for the Colts is an altered workweek with the team leaving on Thursday to play in London. The Jaguars (0-3) will begin a stretch of three divisional games, all away from home, in four weeks for the Colts. Remember, the Colts will not have their bye week after London. They will host the Bears instead in Week Five.


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