The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent guard Trai Essex and waived tackle Mike Person and center A.Q. Shipley.
Essex, 6-5, 324 pounds, has appeared in 76 career regular season games (28 starts) and six postseason games, including one start, all with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2005-11). He was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams before being waived on August 31, 2012. Last year, Essex appeared in all 16 games (three starts) and saw action at tackle, guard and center. He helped block for the Steelers offense to average 372.3 yards per game, fourth-most in the AFC.
Essex was selected by the Steelers in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Northwestern, where he was a four-year starter at tight end and left tackle. He is originally from Fort Wayne, Ind. and attended Paul Harding High School.
Shipley was signed by the Colts on January 28, 2012 and appeared in one game.
Person was claimed off waivers by the Colts on September 1, 2012.
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Hey Jr High, High School & All Star Cheer & Dance team coaches. If you love to compete against the best competition in the state, enjoy watching the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders perform, and want to show you are COLTSTRONG, then register for the 1st Annual Indianapolis Colts Cheer & Dance Classic. Come join the state’s top young performers and battle it out at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis on November 11th for a chance to take home the title as best in your division. Throughout the day enjoy many Colts related surprises, including performances from the Indianapolis Colts Cheer and Jr. Cheerleaders. Visit USA Sports Production to view the registration, waiver, and team roster forms, as well as a list of the rules and divisions competing. Our boys in blue might not be competing on the 11th, but that doesn’t mean you should take Sunday off as well. Go to http://www.championscupseries.com/cheer/2011/circlecity/index.html and register your team today. Show why your cheer squad or dance troupe is COLTSTRONG this November and be a part of the 1st Annual Indianapolis Colts Cheer & Dance Classic.
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Intro: Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games. Below is a recap of the three AFC South games from Week 1:
Texans 30 Dolphins 10
-Down 3-0 over halfway through the second quarter, the Texans defense turned up the heat and never looked back. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions in the final six minutes of the first half leading to 24 Houston points. Houston’s defense was dominant on the afternoon forcing four turnovers, recording three sacks and giving up just three points (the Dolphins only touchdown came via a punt return). Texans wide receiver Andrew Johnson had eight catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.
NEXT GAME: Jacksonville, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Vikings 26 Jaguars 23 OT
-A game that included two scores in the final 20 seconds ended in defeat for the Jaguars. Down 23-15, quarterback Blaine Gabbert found receiver Cecil Shorts for a 33-yard touchdown with 22 seconds to go and the Jaguars converted the two-point conversion. With 14 seconds remaining, the Vikings got completions of 26 and six yards before rookie kicker Blair Walsh booted a 55-yarder at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. The Vikings won the overtime toss and a Walsh 38-yard field goal gave them the 26-23 lead. Under new overtime rules, the Jaguars would have a chance but turned the ball over on downs.
NEXT GAME: Houston, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Patriots 34 Titans 13
-The Titans loss to the Patriots wasn’t the only bit of bad news on the afternoon. Quarterback Jake Locker had to leave the game with an injured shoulder while trying to tackle Patriots safety Patrick Chung after a fumble return that was negated to do a penalty. Titans wide receiver Nate Washington caught a 29-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to bring the home team within 21-10. However, the Patriots would outscore the Titans 13-3 the rest of the way while holding Tennessee running back Chris Johnson to four yards rushing on 11 carries.
NEXT GAME: @San Diego, Sunday at 4:25 EST.
2012 AFC South Standings
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With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.
Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen did not start on Sunday but saw ample playing time throughout the game. The rookie from Clemson lined up at a number of positions for the Colts offense and was used mainly as a blocker against the Bears. Allen also played special teams on Sunday.
Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard entered the game on the Colts third offensive series and finished the contest with four carries for six yards. The running back position saw the return of Mewelde Moore to the lineup on Sunday. Ballard was also on various special teams units on Sunday.
LaVon Brazill, WR: Brazill was the Colts kick and punt returner for Indianapolis on Sunday and also saw some action at wide receiver. He had a 15-yard kickoff return which he fumbled and had a pair of punt returns for a total of 12 yards. With T.Y. Hilton not active due to a shoulder injury, Brazill was the lone rookie receiver for the Colts and had one catch for 10 yards.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener’s six catches for 82 yards placed him third among tight ends around the league on Sunday. On the Colts final drive before halftime, Fleener had three catches for 51 yards including a pair of 22-yard grabs. Fleener caught four balls in the preseason but showed his abilities in the receiving game against the Bears.
Dominique Jones, TE: A year after playing in the Indoor Football League, Jones caught Andrew Luck’s first NFL pass on Sunday. Lining up at fullback, Jones’ lone catch on the afternoon went for eight yards.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 23-of-45 for 309 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. He pointed to his four turnovers as an area for improvement but there were flashes of production for the Colts offense. Luck’s first NFL touchdown came in the fourth quarter when he found wide receiver Donnie Avery for a four-yard touchdown. Luck’s 309 yards passing is the most ever for a Colts quarterback making his NFL debut.
Fellow rookies Chandler Harnish and T.Y. Hilton were inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bears.
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