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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 15, 2016 – 11:12 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated tackle Jeremy Vujnovich to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed guard Kitt O’Brien to the practice squad. 

Vujnovich, 6-5, 300 pounds, has spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad this season. He

was signed to Indianapolis’ practice squad on October 14. Vujnovich was elevated to the Colts’ 53-man roster from the practice squad on October 1 and waived on October 13. He saw action on special teams in Week 4 at Jacksonville and was inactive in Week 5 vs. Chicago. Vujnovich spent Weeks 1-2 of this 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. Vujnovich previously spent two seasons (2014-15) on the Green Bay Packers practice squad.

 

O’Brien, 6-5, 325 pounds, participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He signed a reserve/future contract with Indianapolis on January 6, 2016. O’Brien spent three weeks on the Colts practice squad in 2015. He previously played two seasons (2013-14) in the Arena Football League (AFL) with the Cleveland Gladiators after his collegiate career at Ball State. In two seasons with Cleveland, O’Brien appeared in 23 games.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS PLACE CB-PATRICK ROBINSON ON INJURED RESERVE LIST

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 13, 2016 – 3:20 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today placed cornerback Patrick Robinson on the Injured Reserve list. 

Robinson, 5-11, 191 pounds, played in seven games (six starts) this season and totaled 26 tackles (20 solo), five passes defensed and one forced fumble. He signed with Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent on March 21, 2016. Robinson has seen action in 81 career NFL games (49 starts) and tallied 260 tackles (211 solo), 1.0 sack, 59 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, 10 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 10 special teams stops in his time with Indianapolis (2016), the San Diego Chargers (2015) and the New Orleans Saints (2010-14). He was originally selected by the Saints in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida State.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:48 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tackle Pierce Burton to the practice squad. 

Burton, 6-6, 305 pounds, spent time with the Colts during the 2016 offseason before being waived on March 30. He was signed by Indianapolis to a reserve/future contract on January 5, 2016. Burton spent the final five weeks of the 2015 regular season on the Colts practice squad after signing with the team on December 1, 2015. He also spent time on the Carolina Panthers (Weeks 2-11) and Atlanta Falcons (Week 1) practice squads in 2015. Burton originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2014 and spent training camp with the team before being waived. Collegiately, he started all 26 games at right tackle in two seasons (2012-13) at Mississippi. Burton also played at City College of San Francisco and San Jose State.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN CB-CHARLES JAMES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 12, 2016 – 6:51 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent cornerback Charles James. 

James, 5-9, 185 pounds, was waived by the Houston Texans on December 5. He has seen action in 33 career NFL games (one start) and totaled 26 tackles (17 solo), two passes defensed and 15 special teams stops in his time with Houston (2014-16) and the New York Giants (2013).

 

James played in 12 games for the Texans this season and tallied 12 tackles (10 solo), one pass defensed and six special teams stops. In 2015, he appeared in nine games (one start) and collected 14 tackles (seven solo), one pass defensed and five special teams stops. James spent the first five weeks of the 2015 season on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad before being released on October 17, 2015 and claimed by the Texans off waivers two days later. He spent most of the 2014 season on Houston’s practice squad. In 2013, James spent time on the Giants active roster and practice squad. He participated in 12 games and made four special teams stops. James was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2013 out of Charleston Southern.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:15 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent safety Duke Williams and elevated wide receiver Devin Street to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. 

The team also placed safety Clayton Geathers, outside linebacker Curt Maggitt and guard Jack Mewhort on the Injured Reserve list.

 

Williams, 5-11, 201 pounds, was waived by the Buffalo Bills on November 15, 2016. He has played in 57 career NFL games (10 starts) and totaled 77 tackles (60 solo), 1.0 sack, one interception, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Williams was originally selected by the Bills in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

Williams saw action in nine games (two starts) for Buffalo this season and compiled four tackles and one pass defensed. In 2015, he participated in all 16 games (four starts) and made 23 tackles (20 solo), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. Williams played in all 16 games (four starts) in 2014 and collected a career-high 45 tackles (34 solo), one interception, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. As a rookie in 2013, he appeared in all 16 games and tallied three tackles (two solo).

 

Street, 6-3, 200 pounds, played in three games for the Colts this season and caught one pass for 20 yards before being waived on November 23 and signed to the practice squad the next day. He was signed to Indianapolis’ 53-man roster off of the New England Patriots practice squad on September 21, 2016. Street spent the first two weeks of this season on the Patriots practice squad. He has seen action in 34 career NFL games (two starts) and totaled 10 receptions for 152 yards and one touchdown in his time with Indianapolis (2016) and the Dallas Cowboys (2014-15). Street was originally selected by the Cowboys in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh.

 

Geathers, 6-2, 220 pounds, started all nine games he played in for the Colts this season and totaled 60 tackles (54 solo), five passes defensed, one forced fumble and two special teams stops. He has seen action in 24 career NFL games (11 starts) and registered 91 tackles (77 solo), six passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 10 special teams stops. Geathers was originally selected by Indianapolis in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Central Florida.

 

Maggitt, 6-3, 250 pounds, played in nine games for Indianapolis this season and registered four tackles (two solo) and four special teams stops. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2016 out of Tennessee.

 

Mewhort, 6-6, 312 pounds, started all 10 games he participated in this season. He has started all 40 games he has played in his career along the offensive line since being selected by the Colts in the second round (59th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

 


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Texans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 11, 2016 – 4:17 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sunday’s loss to the Texans (7-6) was a big time hit to the playoff hopes for the Indianapolis Colts.

In the 22-17 loss, the Colts saw the similar type of mistakes that plagued this team during their 2-4 start this season.

The Colts (6-7) will face a must-win next weekend in a trip to Minnesota to take on the Vikings (7-6).

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

PLAYOFF CHANCES DWINDLE – According to the playoff projections, the Colts’ postseason hopes shrunk by more than 50 percent with Sunday’s loss. The odds on the Colts playing meaningful football come January is now less than 10 percent. The loss to the Texans was the first home divisional defeat the Colts have had with Andrew Luck starting since Week Three of 2012.

SLUGGISH OFFENSE – One week after a dominant performance on offense, the Colts had the opposite outing on Sunday. Andrew Luck tossed two interceptions. The Colts had more drops. And the pass protection gave up a critical strip/sack in the third quarter. The inability for the Indy receivers to gain much separation in the receiving game was an issue all night.

CAN’T CONTAIN MILLER – The two best games Houston running back Lamar Miller has had in 2016 have come against the Colts. On Sunday, Miller had 107 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. Back in Week Six, Miller had a season-high 149 yards. Houston’s productive run game (41 carries for 185 yards) held a time of possession advantage of more than 12 minutes.

NOT DEFENDING HOME TURF – Sunday’s loss was the fourth home defeat the Colts have suffered this season. Before the start of 2016, Jim Irsay made it clear how important it was to control homefield. The Colts have not done that at all, and it’s a major reason why they are on the brink of being eliminated from the playoffs.

ANY HOPE? – For the Colts to have any chance at the postseason in 2016, they pretty much have to win out (@Minnesota, @Oakland and vs. Jacksonville). Then the scoreboard watching must begin. If the Colts win out, they need the Titans to go (at best) 2-1 and the Texans to go (at best) 1-2. In short, the Colts have to make up two games on the Texans and one game on the Titans.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is outside linebacker Trent Cole

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 3:52 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is outside linebacker Trent Cole.

The fact that Trent Cole is still even playing professional football this season is a feat in itself.

The fact that Cole is playing at a high level is rather amazing.

Returning from injued reserve after September back surgery, Cole has suited up the last two weeks for the Colts and has been a disruptive presence off the edge.

Cole had five tackles (four solo, one for loss) and a strip/sack in Sunday’s loss to the Texans.

With Robert Mathis out the last two weeks, the Colts have needed the starting-type effort they’ve gotten from Cole.

The pass rushing presence from Cole has been welcomed, but his contributions in setting an edge in the run game should not be overlooked.

Sunday’s loss to the Texans was devastating to the playoff chances for Cole and the Colts.

For Cole to experience the playoffs in Indianapolis, the Colts will need to win out and get some serious help from the Texans and Titans.

Anything can happen,” Cole said after the Colts fell to 6-7 on the season.

“But we’re going to keep getting back at it again, and we’re going to go out and (have to) win ballgames from here on out.”

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Colts Inactives – #HOUvsIND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:33 am

25 Patrick Robinson

26 Clayton Geathers

63 Austin Blythe

71 Denzelle Good

94 Zach Kerr

95 Lavar Edwards

98 Robert Mathis


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Stadium Update – #HOUvsIND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 7:31 am

The Roof and Window will be closed for today’s game against the Houston Texans. 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 7, 2016 – 11:42 am

 The Indianapolis Colts today elevated inside linebacker Luke Rhodes to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed safety Stefan McClure to the practice squad.

 

Rhodes, 6-2, 242 pounds, has spent most of the season on the Colts practice squad since signing with the team on October 5, 2016. He participated in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Rhodes originally signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016.

 

Collegiately, Rhodes started 45-of-47 games at William & Mary and finished with 341 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 19 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. He was a three-time First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and received Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State honors three times. Rhodes participated in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after his senior season. In 2015, he started all 12 games for the Tribe and registered 78 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Prior to the season, Rhodes was the only Football Championship Series player to be named to the Butkus Award Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top college linebacker.

 

McClure, 5-11, 205 pounds, participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He originally signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, McClure appeared in 37 games (28 starts) at California and totaled 165 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown). He was the only player in Golden Bears history to serve as a team captain for three seasons. McClure’s best season came as a senior when he set career highs with 13 games played, 13 starts, 61 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery (which he returned for his first career touchdown). Following his senior season, he received All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors and was named the Joe Roth Award winner, given to the University of California player who best exemplifies courage, sportsmanship and attitude.

 


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