The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent running back Abou Toure. The team also placed running back Tyler Varga on the Reserve/Retired list from the Reserve/Did Not Report list.
Toure, 6-2, 235 pounds, spent time on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals practice squads in 2015. He originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2015 before being waived during training camp on August 31. Collegiately, Toure rushed for 1,647 yards with 10 touchdowns in two seasons at UT Martin. In 2014, he posted the third-highest single-season rushing total in school history with 1,138 yards. Toure also contributed with eight total touchdowns and three multiple-touchdown performances on the ground. Before transferring to UT Martin, he spent time at Utah State (2012) and Dean Junior College in Massachusetts (2011).
Varga, 5-11, 225 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He played in three games for Indianapolis in 2015 and collected one pass for 18 yards, one carry for two yards and six kickoff returns for 151 yards. Varga was placed on the team’s injured reserve list on October 14.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tight end Chase Coffman, placed running back Tyler Varga on the Reserve/Did Not Report list and waived cornerback Daniel Davie.
Coffman, 6-6, 250 pounds, has played in 37 career NFL games (three starts) and caught 18 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in his time with the Seattle Seahawks (2015), Tennessee Titans (2014-15), Atlanta Falcons (2012-13) and Cincinnati Bengals (2009-2011). He has appeared in three postseason contests and collected one reception for 16 yards.
In 2015, Coffman saw action in two games and caught eight passes for 71 yards and one touchdown with Seattle and Tennessee. He also appeared in one postseason contest for the Seahawks. Coffman played in 13 games (career-high three starts) in 2014 and registered six receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown with the Titans. In 2013, he saw action in 11 games for the Falcons. Coffman appeared in five games with Atlanta in 2012 and caught one pass for 12 yards. He made his postseason debut in 2012 and collected one reception for 16 yards in two contests. In 2011, Coffman spent the entire season on the Bengals practice squad. He saw action in six games in 2010 and finished with three receptions for 30 yards. As a rookie in 2009, Coffman made the season-opening roster and was inactive for games 1-12 before being placed on the Injured Reserve list on December 9. He was originally selected by Cincinnati in the third round (98th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Missouri.
Varga, 5-11, 225 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He played in three games for Indianapolis in 2015 and collected one pass for 18 yards, one carry for two yards and six kickoff returns for 151 yards. Varga was placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on October 14.
Davie, 6-1, 190 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2016. He played in 42 games (18 starts) at Nebraska and tallied 67 tackles (46 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed and two interceptions.
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The Indianapolis Colts today placed defensive tackle Henry Anderson and tight end Darion Griswold on the Physically Unable to Perform List. The team also placed safety Clayton Geathers and tight end Mike Miller on the Non-Football Injury List.
Anderson, 6-6, 300 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he started all nine games he participated in and finished with 37 tackles (31 solo), 1.0 sack, 5.0 tackles for loss and two passes defensed. Anderson was placed on the injured reserve list on November 10, 2015.
Griswold, 6-5, 264 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2016. He played in 50 games at Arkansas State and totaled 65 receptions for 892 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2015, Griswold saw action in 13 games and finished with 13 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
Geathers, 6-2, 220 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He saw action in 15 games (two starts) and totaled 31 tackles (23 solo), one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. Geathers also ranked third on the team with eight special teams tackles.
Miller, 6-6, 255 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2016. He played in 27 games (20 starts) at Taylor University and finished his career with 80 receptions for 959 yards and seven touchdowns after transferring following two seasons at Santa Monica College in California.
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Arthur Jones of the Indianapolis Colts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Jones will be eligible to return to the Colts’ active roster on Monday, October 3 following the team’s October 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jones is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tight end Emil Igwenagu and waived quarterback Josh Woodrum.
Igwenagu, 6-2, 245 pounds, has played in three career NFL games (one start). He spent the entire 2015 offseason and training camp with the Detroit Lions before being waived during final cuts on September 5. Igwenagu spent the entire 2014 season on the Lions practice squad. He spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles active roster and practice squad in 2013 but did not see game action. As a rookie in 2012, Igwenagu played in three games (one start) for the Eagles. He originally signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2012. Collegiately, Igwenagu played in 41 games at Massachusetts and caught 75 receptions for 821 yards and four touchdowns.
Woodrum, 6-3, 231 pounds, was claimed by the Colts off waivers from the New York Giants on May 10, 2016. He started 44-of-46 games at Liberty and finished his career as the school’s all-time career leader in passing yards (10,266) and total offensive yards (10,690). Woodrum is second in Flames’ history in touchdowns passes (59) and career completion percentage (63.9).
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The Indianapolis Colts have commissioned local sculptor and fireman Ryan Feeney to create a statue of Peyton Manning, which will be installed outside of Lucas Oil Stadium in 2017.Feeney is the founder of Indy Art Forge, which creates custom sculptures and furniture out of metal. He has created numerous pieces of work around Indianapolis, including the Peace Dove sculpture for the Indianapolis library, the Fallen Deputy Memorial out front of the Marion County Jail and the bronze eagle at the Indianapolis 9/11 Memorial. The Peace Dove sculpture was unveiled in 2014 and features an 8-foot-tall eagle forged from 1,200 destroyed gun parts that included guns seized by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
“Ryan Feeney is not only very talented, but also a great representative of our community,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “I am excited to see this project begin.”
Feeney has been a firefighter for 13 years and with the Indianapolis Fire Department for the past 10.
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The 10th anniversary of Indianapolis’ first world championship will be recognized during a reunion with the Super Bowl XLI team at the Colts November 20 home contest against the Tennessee Titans. The reunion will include an introduction of the team to fans at halftime of the game.On February 4, 2007, Indianapolis became Super Bowl XLI champions with a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. The club produced one of their more prolific offensive performances over the course of the season totaling 6,070 net yards (third in the NFL) and 427 points (tied for second in the NFL). Super Bowl MVP quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 4,397 yards and a league-leading 31 touchdowns as wide receivers Marvin Harrison (1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns) and Reggie Wayne (1,310 yards and nine scores) recorded the team’s third occasion with at least two 1,000-yard receivers. Running back Joseph Addai totaled his first 1,000-yard rushing season (1,081 yards) while adding seven touchdowns. Defensively, defensive linemen Robert Mathis (9.5) and Dwight Freeney (5.5) paced the team in sacks.
Tony Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl while improving his postseason win total to nine games. He led the Colts to become the only team in NFL history to open consecutive seasons with 9-0 records in 2005 and 2006.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed quarterback Andrew Luck to a six-year contract (effective in 2016).“This is an exciting day for the organization and Colts fans around the globe,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “Andrew is the consummate professional, possesses extraordinary talent and is our leader on and off the field. When you consider what this team has accomplished in four seasons with Andrew under center, you cannot help but be thrilled about the future.”
“I am thrilled and excited to continue with this great organization,” said Luck. “I am thankful to the Irsay family and Mr. Irsay for providing me with this great opportunity and the trust that they’ve shown in me. I can’t wait for this season to start.”
Luck, 6-4, 240 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the first round (first overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has started all 55 games he has played in and completed 1,224-of-2,106 passes for 14,838 yards with 101 touchdowns and 55 interceptions for an 85.0 passer rating. Luck also has 222 rushes for 1,101 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 rushing touchdowns since 2012 are tied for the third-most among NFL quarterbacks and rank second among AFC quarterbacks during that time span. Luck has been one of the most productive quarterbacks in NFL history in a player’s first four seasons. His attempts (2,106), passing yards (14,838) and passing touchdowns (101) each rank as the fifth-most in NFL history and the second-most in franchise history in a player’s first four years. Luck’s completions (1,224) rank as the eighth-most in NFL history and the second-most in team history in a player’s first four seasons. He reached 13,000 career passing yards in his 49th game, becoming the third-fastest quarterback to reach that plateau. Luck threw his 100th career touchdown pass in his 55th game, which tied for the fourth fastest in NFL history. He was named to three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2012-14. In his first three seasons, Luck led the Colts to three consecutive 11-5 seasons and 33 victories, which tied for the second-most wins to start a career since 1970. He has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week three times, earned FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week one time and was named PEPSI MAX NFL Rookie of the Week three times in 2012.
In 2015, Luck started seven games and completed 162-of-293 passes for 1,881 yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 74.9 passer rating. He also carried the ball 33 times for 196 yards. After starting all 16 games in each of his first three seasons, Luck missed nine games in 2015 due to injury. One of his most productive games of the season came in a Week 9 victory over the eventual Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos. He completed 21-of-36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for a 98.4 passer rating against the previously undefeated Broncos’ No. 1 ranked defense. During the contest, Luck eclipsed 100 career touchdown passes in just his 55th game to tie him with Matthew Stafford as the fourth fastest quarterback to reach the milestone in NFL history.
Luck had a career-year in 2014 as he started all 16 games and set single-season career highs in completions (380), passing yards (4,761), passing touchdowns (40) and passer rating (96.5). His passing yards set a franchise single-season record while his touchdown total led the NFL and ranked as the second-highest single-season mark in Colts history. Luck also set a franchise record with eight consecutive 300-yard passing games from Weeks 3 through 11 as he was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. His 12,957 passing yards from 2012-14 was the highest total through the first three seasons of a quarterback’s career in NFL history, while his 86 touchdowns rank second during that span. Luck also registered a career-high 64 carries for 272 yards and three touchdowns. In three postseason starts in 2014, he completed 70-of-120 passes for 767 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Luck helped lead the Colts to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009.
In 2013, Luck started all 16 games and completed 343-of-570 passes for 3,822 yards with 23 touchdowns and a career-low nine interceptions for an 87.0 passer rating. He also rushed 63 times for a career-high 377 yards and four touchdowns and was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl after leading the Colts to the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Luck’s talents were highlighted in his second career postseason start in the team’s AFC Wild Card victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. He completed 29-of-45 passes for 443 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions for a 98.7 passer rating. Luck led the Colts to the second-largest comeback in NFL postseason history after trailing by 28 points in the second half. He helped the offense set a postseason franchise-record with 536 total net yards, while his 443 passing yards marked the fifth-highest total in an NFL postseason game and the second-most in franchise history.
As a rookie in 2012, Luck started all 16 games and completed 339-of-627 passes for 4,374 yards with 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions for a 76.5 passer rating. He broke the rookie record for passing attempts, passing yards and 300-yard passing games (six) in a season. Luck’s passing completions ranked as the second-most by a rookie in NFL history, while his passing touchdowns were the third-most. He also totaled 255 rushing yards on 62 carries for a career-high five rushing touchdowns. In Week 9 against Miami, Luck threw for 433 yards and set a new NFL record for the most passing yards by a rookie quarterback in a single game. Luck led the Colts to the most wins (11) by a No. 1 overall draft pick in his rookie season and he became the first quarterback selected No. 1 overall to start a postseason game as a rookie. In the team’s AFC Wild Card contest at Baltimore, he completed 28-of-54 passes for 288 yards and one interception. Luck recorded the most passing attempts and the second-most passing yards by a rookie in a playoff game.
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The Indianapolis Colts will induct Pro Football Hall of Famer and former President/Vice Chairman Bill Polian into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Colts Week 17 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
Polian spent 14 of his 32 NFL seasons with the Colts from 1998-2011. During his time in Indianapolis the team won eight division championships, two conference championships and reached the Super Bowl twice. The franchise also won its fourth world championship with a victory against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Polian was named The Sporting News Executive of the Year on six occasions, including two with the Colts (1999 and 2009). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 8, 2015.
“Bill was incredibly successful during his time with our franchise and proved to be a Hall of Famer,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “He was one of the most innovative personalities to ever grace our sport, and his passion for the game was and still is unmatched. I will always be grateful to Bill for his contributions to the Colts, and to the NFL.”
During Polian’s tenure, Indianapolis advanced to the postseason 11 times during a 12-year span and posted 10 or more wins in each of those playoff years. From 2000-09, the Colts produced 115 regular season wins, the most in a decade by any NFL club. Under his direction, the Colts posted a 143-81 (.638) regular season record, which ranked as the second-best mark in the NFL during that span. The team won eight division titles with Polian at the helm.
Polian’s expertise was prevalent in the NFL Draft as he was responsible for picks such as Peyton Manning (1998), Edgerrin James (1999), Reggie Wayne (2001), Dwight Freeney (2002), Dallas Clark (2003), Robert Mathis (2003), Bob Sanders (2004), Joseph Addai (2006), Pierre Garcon (2008), Pat McAfee (2009) and Anthony Castonzo (2011). Polian also found key free agents in Jeff Saturday, Mike Vanderjagt, Gary Brackett and Adam Vinatieri.
In 24 seasons as a general manager or president with Indianapolis (1998-2010), Carolina (1995-97) and Buffalo (1985-1992), Polian’s teams made 17 playoff appearances, eight championship games and five Super Bowl appearances. In Buffalo, he led the Bills to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1990-92.
Polian becomes the 13th member inducted to the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor and joins Robert Irsay (1996), Bill Brooks (1998), Ted Marchibroda (2000), Chris Hinton (2001), Jim Harbaugh (2005), Colts Nation (2007), Tony Dungy (2010), Marvin Harrison (2011), Edgerrin James (2012), Eric Dickerson (2013), Marshall Faulk (2013) and Jeff Saturday (2015).
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tackle Mitchell Van Dyk and waived-injured guard Isiah Cage. If Cage clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.Van Dyk, 6-7, 299 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 20, 2016 and waived on May 2. He spent the entire 2015 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers Injured Reserve list after being waived-injured by the team on September 5, 2015. Van Dyk was originally selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He participated in training camp with the Rams in 2014, but was waived prior to the start of the season. Collegiately, Van Dyk started 31-of-37 games he played in at Portland State. He was named a Big Sky All-Conference first-team choice as a senior in 2013 and a Big Sky All-Conference honorable mention selection as a junior in 2012.
Cage, 6-5, 335 pounds, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He participated in Indianapolis’ three-day rookie mini-camp. Cage spent three seasons at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Eau Claire, playing in 27 games (24 starts) and earning All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors three times.
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