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The Indianapolis Colts today waived the following players: WR-Jeremy Ross, RB-Darren Evans, TE-Andre Smith, T-Mike Tepper, C-Zane Taylor, T-Steven Baker, DT-Jason Shirley, ILB-Greg Lloyd, TE-Kyle Miller, G-Hayworth Hicks, OLB-Jerry Brown, S-Latarrius Thomas, DT-Chigbo Anunoby, WR-Kashif Moore and LS-Justin Snow.
The Colts Waived-Injured RB-Deji Karim, DE-James Aiono, OLB-Tim Fugger, CB-Brandon King and S-Mike Newton.
The Colts placed WR-Jabin Sambrano and CB-Korey Lindsey on Injured Reserve.
The Colts released OT-George Foster from Injured Reserve.
Justin Snow was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 28, 2000. He has appeared in every game in his career, competing in 192 consecutive regular season games, the second-longest streak in club history.
Jabin Sambrano, Steven Baker, James Aiono, Hayworth Hicks and Chigbo Anunoby were all signed as undrafted free agents on April 30, 2012.
Jeremy Ross was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on September 28, 2011 before being signed to a reserve/future contract on January 5, 2012.
Darren Evans was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on July 29, 2011. He saw action in two games last season on special teams.
Deji Karim was claimed by the Colts off waivers on April 30, 2012.
Andre Smith was claimed off waivers by the Colts on May 15, 2012.
Mike Tepper was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on January 5, 2011. He appeared in six games, making four starts last season.
Zane Taylor was claimed off waivers by the Colts on May 18, 2012.
Jason Shirley signed with the Colts as a free agent on July 19, 2012.
Tim Fugger was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (214th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
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Mario Addison will celebrate his birthday next Thursday and he wants no other way to enjoy it than playing against his former team.
The Colts second-year outside linebacker put together one of the more impressive stat lines of the evening against the Bengals—six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and two tackles on special teams.
Seeing the most playing time of the preseason, Addison played all four quarters against the Bengals.
While Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have gotten most of the attention in moving to linebacker this season, Addison is also making the transition.
“I love the defense. It gives you a lot of freedom,” Addison said. “The coaches, they call the plays to put everybody in a good position so that’s what I like about it. It’s a team and if everybody fills their gap, you’re going to stop the play.”
Last season, Addison joined the Colts in late November and played in three games, getting reps at defensive end and on special teams.
Even with having four players learning a new position in 2012, Mathis says the defense is ideal for a player with Addison’s skill set.
“(Addison) fits the mold as an outside linebacker in this defense and he’s doing a good job for us,” Mathis said.
Addison’s first sack against the Bengals went down as just a one-yard loss but the Troy University product came across the field to stop Bengals quarterback Zac Robinson. The sack proved to be critical as inside linebacker Moise Fokou would force a fumble later in the drive.
The second sack by Addison was a little more impactful as the six-yard loss started the final drive for the Bengals which ended in a turnover on downs.
“I knew I had to make (the offensive tackle) re-set his feet so I hit him with an in-and-out move,” Addison said. “I faked like I was going in real hard and came back outside on him, which made him stop his path.
With Freeney and Mathis playing sparingly this preseason, Addison has excelled in extra playing time with six quarterback hurries and three sacks.
Addison, an undrafted free agent in 2011, played three games with the Bears before the Colts claimed him off waivers.
Addison’s eyes lit up when he thought about the prospect of opening the regular season against a familiar team, a mere three days after his 25th birthday.
“I’m ready,” Addison said. “When I make this team, hopefully, I pray to God that I do, I’m going to release it on the Bears.”
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For several Colts players, last night’s preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals was a final interview of sorts. It was their last chance to either make their case to make the Colts’ 53-man roster or get some good action on film so they can possibly hook on with another team. For running backs Deji Karim and Vick Ballard and wide receiver Kris Adams, the night saw them get the opportunities they were looking for and each answered the door when opportunity knocked.
Karim, whom the Colts acquired as a free agent from Jacksonville, was one of a stable of backs hoping to stick with the Colts. Last night he saw his most extensive action of the preseason, rushing 12 times for 36 yards and a touchdown. Now Karim, along with a host of other Colts on the roster bubble, must wait until he finds out today whether or not he’s earned a spot on the Colts’ final roster. For his part, Karim is comfortable letting the chips fall where they may:
“There’s nothing more I can do. It’s all part of God’s plan. I just hope I’ve done enough to impress the coaches.”
Rookie Vick Ballard was similarly pleased with the effort he’s put forth this preseason. Ballard knows well that fifth round draft picks are hardly guaranteed roster spots, especially on teams with the kind of competition at his position present with the Colts.
Ballard only had one official carry last night for four yards, but had a 33 yard run where he showed his speed and elusiveness negated by a holding call. Even though he finished as the team’s leading rusher in preseason, Ballard’s not resting on any laurels just yet.
“I don’t want to fall into complacency. I’m just going to keep working and get better.”
Free agent wide receiver Kris Adams is another who is trying to make the jump from being an unknown to making an NFL roster. Adams has been one of the most impressive players in practice this preseason, but hadn’t really had many game opportunities to show his skills. That changed last night.
Adams hauled in two passes for a team high 55 yards before leaving the game after getting helmet to helmet contact attempting to catch a touchdown pass. Adams was alright afterwards and is excited about what he’s been able to do in preseason.
Adams will await word on the final roster with his family who have joined him in town.
“I’m going to get up early, enjoy my family. When I wake up, if I’m still here, I’m going to be excited. If not, it’s a journey. I just have to keep pushing.
It was nice to get some chances tonight, to get some good things on film. Hopefully I’ve impressed the coaches enough that if they can’t keep me, they can put in a good word for me.”
For these three Colts, the hard part was the effort it took to get to this point and even more hard work awaits them if they hope to advance their NFL careers. A little waiting to find out their fates isn’t phasing them very much.
Chuck Chapman is entering his second season as the editor and lead writer for Colts 101. He also covered the Cincinnati Bengals for the Sports Media 101. Chuck and his family are originally from Ohio, but have settled in Central Indiana and become big Colts fans. You can read Chuck’s other writing about the Colts at www.colts101.com.
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