The Indianapolis Colts today elevated outside linebacker Trevor Bates to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.
Bates, 6-2, 247 pounds, has spent the entire season on the Colts practice squad. He participated in Indianapolis’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Bates was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (239th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He appeared in 46 games at Maine and finished with 207 tackles (106 solo), 19.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). Bates garnered various honors over his collegiate career including the team’s most valuable player, CFPA National Defensive Lineman of the Week, Second Team All-CAA, Third Team All-CAA, All-CAA Academic Honors and CAA Defensive Player of the Week. In 2015, he played in 11 games for the Black Bears and totaled 57 tackles (31 solo), 7.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown).
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