The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent outside linebacker Victor Butler to the active roster and waived defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles.
Butler, 6-2, 245 pounds, was first signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 6, 2014 and recorded three special teams tackles in two games this season. He was then waived on November 18. For his career, Butler has totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 46 special teams stops in 65 games played (two starts) with the Colts (2014) and Dallas Cowboys (2009-2012). He was originally selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.
Quarles was signed to the Colts active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad on September 16. He played in two games this season and recorded 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at the University of South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles (66 solo), 13.0 sacks, 23.5 stops for losses and eight quarterback pressures.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is running back Boom Herron.
Sunday might have been Boom Herron’s first career NFL start but the crowd inside Lucas Oil Stadium already had his first name in their cheering repertoire.
Herron gave them a lot to cheer about on Sunday with 12 carries for 65 yards and five receptions for 31 yards.
“I was just honored that the coaches gave me the opportunity and the coaches believed in me. It was a great moment for me,” Herron said of getting the start.
Herron entered the Colts 2014 Training Camp as the team’s fourth string running back.
Yet, as is typically life in the NFL, more than a couple of running backs are needed to survive a 16-game regular season.
Of the Colts 74 offensive snaps on Sunday, Herron played 31.
The expanded role for Herron was expected after the Colts placed Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve earlier in the week.
Talk during the week had fans wondering if the Colts would explore other options at the running back position.
On Sunday though, it was Herron taking charge.
“They got me the ball a couple times and I tried to make something happen with it,” Herron said after the win.
“Obviously, I felt like I can play a little bit better but we got the win and it was a good team win.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – Behind a stout defensive effort, the Colts (7-4) recorded a 23-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) in Week 12.
The win was the Colts 13th in 14 tries following a loss under Chuck Pagano.
The Colts will now wrap up their three-game homestand with a visit from Washington (3-8) on Sunday afternoon.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
MORE “RESILIENT” COLTS—It’s one thing to talk about it, it’s a totally different ordeal to carry that out. The Colts have preached resiliency in bouncing back from losses and Sunday was another case of it. Under Chuck Pagano, the Colts have now won 13 games following their 14 losses, a feat that is why the team is staring at a third straight postseason appearance.
STOUT DEFENSIVE EFFORT – Following a disappointing effort against the Patriots, the Indianapolis defense put together one of its best performances of the year on Sunday. The Jaguars had less than 100 yards of total offense on their first 11 drives and the lone three points scored came on a short field.
HILTON BACK IN BUSINESS – Sunday will be one that T.Y. Hilton won’t soon forget. Hilton rose quite early on Sunday morning with the birth of his daughter around 7:30 a.m. He headed to work later and put in quite the day at the office. Hilton’s 73-yard touchdown tied the longest of his career and he reached the 1,000-yard plateau for the second straight season.
CRIBBS’ IMPRESSIVE IN DEBUT – It took just one touch from Josh Cribbs to show why the Colts signed the veteran kick returner. Cribbs’ 46-yard kick return to start the game on Sunday was the Colts longest kick return since 2012. Even with his third-quarter punt return for a touchdown that was called back, Cribbs showed plenty to add to the Colts playmaking ability.
DIVISIONAL LEAD EXPANDS – The Colts entered Sunday with just a one-game divisional lead, the smallest they’ve had in over a month. That lead grew to two games with the Colts (7-4) win and the Texans (5-6) dropping a home contest to the Bengals. The Colts have a two-game lead in the AFC South with five weeks left. Houston comes to Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 15.
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The roof will be closed for today’s game #JAXvsIND
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Zurlon Tipton to the active roster from the practice squad and waived wide receiver Griff Whalen.
Tipton was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on September 11, 2014. He ranks fourth in Central Michigan history with 34 career rushing touchdowns. As a senior, Tipton was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List while earning the 2013 CMU Gridiron Gladiator Award. As a team captain, he rushed for 398 yards on 74 attempts while leading the team with a 5.4 yards per rush average and eight touchdowns. In 2012, Tipton was named a Second Team All-MAC recipient while being selected as the CMU Most Valuable Player. His 1,492 rushing yards that season ranked fourth in Central Michigan history while his 19 rushing and 20 total touchdowns tied for the second-most ever by a Chippewa.
Whalen was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012. In 19 career games (three starts), he totaled 26 receptions for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Whalen also contributed on special teams and recorded 34 punt returns for 291 yards (8.6 avg.) and 16 kickoff returns for 401 yards (25.1 avg.).
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It’s a new Colts football season and that means that it’s tailgating season! Just like last year, the Colts and Indiana Pork have partnered in search of the best pork tailgate recipe in all of Colts Nation, and guess who is in charge of it? Yours truly! We’re going to be searching for the best pork tailgate recipes you have to offer. We want to see some creativity and of course plenty of pork! What something to sweeten the deal? How about a year supply of bacon! Yes, the grand prize winner will receive a year supply of bacon. The weekly winners will receive a prize package consisting of a $50 Meijer gift certificate,101 Things to Do With Bacon Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2013 Season DVD.
This week’s winning recipe comes from Sherry P. of Huntingburg, IN who takes a already delicious portobello mushrooms and STUFFS them with pork! These stuffed mushrooms aren’t your typical tailgate food, but anything that you combines sausage and TWO kinds of cheeses has to be good.
20-25 medium portobello mushrooms
1/2 lb Italian Sausage, browned and drained
1/2 cup chopped spinach
8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teas. basil
1/4 teas white pepper
Clean mushrooms, removing stems and fins. Cup side up, brush mushrooms with balsamic vinegar. Mix the spinach, cheeses, basil & white pepper. It works best to heat this a little so it stays together better. Put a teaspoon of sausage in each mushroom cup, top with cheese mixture. Grill or bake, until cheese is melted . Enjoy.
Thanks for sharing Sherry! Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.
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Colts fans with Windows phones… WE HEAR YOU!
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent return specialist Josh Cribbs and free agent tight end Weslye Saunders to the active roster. The team placed running back Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve and waived outside linebacker Victor Butler.
The Colts also signed running back Michael Hill to the practice squad and released wide receiver Eric Thomas from the practice squad.
Cribbs, 6-1, 192 pounds, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2007, 2009, 2012), two-time NFL All-Pro selection (2007, 2009) and a member of the NFL All-Decade Team (2000s). He leads all active players in career kickoff returns and yards and ranks fifth in NFL history in combined kickoff/punt return touchdowns with 11. Cribbs ranks third all-time in kickoff return yards (10,505), tied for fifth in kickoff returns (407) and fifth (12,755) in combined kick/punt return yards. He shares an NFL record with nine other players for kickoff return touchdowns in a game, with two in a 2009 win at Kansas City. He also owns two of the top four days ever recorded by an NFL returner: 306 combined kickoff/punt return yards in a 2007 contest against Baltimore and 305 in a 2009 trip to Kansas City.
Now in his 10th NFL season (2005-2014), Cribbs has returned 407 kickoffs for 10,505 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 203 punt returns for 2,250 yards and three touchdowns. Offensively, he has started 31-of-130 career games played and has totaled 109 receptions for 1,167 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing 141 times for 808 yards and two touchdowns.
Saunders, 6-5, 261 pounds, re-joins the Colts after being waived on August 30, 2014. He was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 16, 2012. While with the team from 2012-13, he totaled six receptions for 61 yards in 17 games played (five starts). For his career, he has caught 10 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in 33 games (11 starts). Saunders entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.
Bradshaw played in 10 games (one start) this season and recorded 90 rushing attempts for 425 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 38 receptions for 300 yards and a career-high six receiving touchdowns. His receiving touchdown total led all running backs in 2014 and tied for the fifth-highest single-season total by a running back in franchise history. For his career, Bradshaw has tallied 1,052 rushes for 4,843 yards and 36 touchdowns and 177 receptions for 1,429 yards and nine touchdowns in 97 games played (36 starts).
Butler was signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 6, 2014 and recorded three special teams tackles in two games this season. For his career, he has totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 46 special teams stops in 65 games played (two starts). Butler was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Hill, 5-10, 210 pounds, was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013 and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and most recently the Green Bay Packers before being released from the Packers practice squad on November 5, 2014. As a rookie in 2013, he played in eight games and rushed for 23 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 23 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 19 yards. Hill finished his career at Missouri Western State as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,969), all-purpose yards (5,851), rushing attempts (928) and 100-yard rushing games (20). As a senior in 2012, he led the nation (Division II) with a school-record 2,168 yards on 311 carries (7.0 avg.). Hill finished as the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Award, given to the nation’s top player in Division II.
Thomas was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Troy University on May 12, 2014, was waived on August 25 and was signed to the practice squad on November 5. He played for the Omaha Mammoths of the FXFL after he was waived by the Colts and caught four passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in two games played. Thomas finished his Troy career ranked third all-time in school history with 197 receptions, third with 2,655 career receiving yards and second with 29 touchdown receptions
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is safety Mike Adams.
When the 2014 season comes to a close, fans will look back on the signing of Mike Adams as one of the most important of the offseason.
Ever since Delano Howell’s injury, Adams has taken the starting safety spot and been a durable presence while continuing to find himself around the ball.
On Sunday, Adams had two interceptions of Tom Brady after the Patriots quarterback had just one pick in his previous 200 pass attempts.
As you would expect from Adams, he didn’t have much to say about his interceptions.
“It doesn’t mean anything, just a stat for me which I really don’t care about,” Adams said after the loss. “I’d rather have a “W” with no tackles and no picks anyway, especially given the implications and importance of this game. We all knew Denver lost. We all saw that so in the back of our head, I can’t speak for everybody else, but I knew we needed this. We needed it bad, but we’re not out, we’re not down and out. We’re just going to keep grinding and get back to work.”
Adams chipped in with a team-best 11 tackles on the night.
His four interceptions in 2014 ties a career-high he set back in 2005 with the San Francisco 49ers.
With some influx at the safety position this season, Adams has been a stable voice.
He was speaking after the game like a veteran on how the Colts must react following the loss.
“In this game, the best part about it is that we got next week. We got next week to recover,” Adams said.
“There’s no quit in us. It doesn’t stop here. We’re going to move on to next week, I don’t even know who we got, I don’t care who we have, but we’re going to show up. We have to show up.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – With a committed and effective Patriots ground game, the Colts played from behind all night on Sunday.
New England’s 42-20 win over the Colts marked just the second time Indianapolis has lost in the last two months.
The Colts (6-4) will stay at Lucas Oil Stadium for the next two weeks with the Jaguars (1-9) on the Week 12 slate for a Sunday afternoon kickoff.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
BETTER TRENCH WORK—The numbers in the run game on Sunday night weren’t anything Chuck Pagano saw coming. From the 19 rushing yards gained to the 244 given up, the head coach was emphatic saying the Colts need better trench play going forward. The Patriots converted 75 percent of their third-down attempts, an area where the Colts defense had been stout in this season.
RED ZONE STRUGGLES – Playing teams like the Patriots, red zone numbers are even more emphasized. The Patriots took full advantage with five touchdowns in their five red zone drives. The Colts couldn’t maintain the same success on their drives in New England territory. This will continue to be a focus of the Colts moving forward.
MORE PRODUCTION FROM COBY FLEENER – One of the bright spots coming out of Sunday night was the play of Coby Fleener. With seven catches (seven targets) for a career-high 144 receiving yards, Fleener exploited several one-on-one chances against the Patriots secondary. That marks back-to-back impressive outings for the third-year tight end and he could see his reps rise depending on…
INJURY WATCH – …the health of Dwayne Allen. Chuck Pagano said after the game that the ankle injury which took Allen out of the game prior to halftime was “mild.” Ahmad Bradshaw also left Sunday night with a lower leg injury. Those two have been vital to the Colts offensive success in 2014 after they both were injured reserve casualties early in 2013.
AFC SOUTH LEAD SHRINKS – The talk after the game on Sunday shifted from potential home field advantage in the playoffs to a tighter AFC South race. With Houston winning at Cleveland, the Colts have a one-game lead in the division. The Colts are 3-0 in the division though and will have three games left against AFC South teams (Jacksonville-11/24, Houston-12/14, @Tenneesee-12/28).
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