The Indianapolis Colts today elevated cornerback Marshay Green and fullback Robert Hughes to the active roster and signed cornerback Teddy Williams to the practice squad. The Colts also released nose tackle Antonio Dixon and running back Mewelde Moore.
Green, 5-10, 175 pounds, originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on April 26, 2010. He was waived by the Cardinals on September 5 before being added to the practice squad two days later. Green was elevated to the 53-man active roster on November 23 and was active for the final six games of the 2010 season.
Green was waived by the Cardinals on September 2, 2011 and was signed to the practice squad on September 5. He was then elevated to the active roster on December 31 and appeared in the final game of the season, making one solo tackle in the game. Green was waived by the Cardinals on August 24, 2012 and signed to the Colts practice squad on October 1.
Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame on July 26, 2011 and was waived on September 3. He was signed to the Bears practice squad on December 19 where he spent the remainder of the season. He was then signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 19, 2012 and waived on August 31. Hughes was then signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 3 before being released on September 11 and signed to the Colts practice squad on October 10, 2012.
Williams, 6-1, 201 pounds, was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Texas-San Antonio on July 29, 2010. He was waived on September 4 before being signed to the practice squad a day later. Williams switched positions to wide receiver midway through the season and was elevated to the active roster on December 21, 2010. He was inactive for the final two games. Williams then spent the entire 2011 season on the Cowboys practice squad before being waived on August 31, 2012.
At UTSA, Williams did not play college football, but was a standout on the track and field team. He was the school’s only four-time All-America selection and helped lead the Roadrunners to six Southland Conference Championships (four indoor/two outdoor) from 2007-10. Williams claimed nine Southland titles (five indoor/four outdoor), was twice named the league’s Indoor Athlete of the Year (2009-10) as well as Outdoor Outstanding Track Performer (2009-10). He also established UTSA records in the 55m (6.23 seconds), 60m (Southland-best 6.59), 100m (9.90), 200m (20.60) and 400m relay (39.59).
Williams’ 9.90-second 100-meter time was the fastest in the world during his junior season.
Dixon, 6-3, 322 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 9, 2012. This season, he recorded one tackle in two games played. For his career, Dixon has appeared in 37 career games (10 starts) with the Philadelphia Eagles and Colts, totaling 50 tackles (39 solo), three sacks and two passes defensed.
Moore, 5-11, 209 pounds, was signed by the Colts on June 19, 2012. He has appeared in six games this year, totaling nine carries for 14 yards and four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. He also returned three kickoffs for 50 yards. In his nine-year NFL career, Moore has played in 119 games (15 starts), rushing 503 times for 2,261 yards and six touchdowns. He has also recorded 218 receptions for 1,911 yards and eight touchdowns.
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The Colts are 4-3 and folks around Indianapolis are positively giddy with excitement over what might still be in store this season. After last year’s miserable season and the roster overhaul, even the most optimistic Colts fans didn’t expect that their team would be in playoff contention at mid-season.
Yet that’s exactly where the Colts find themselves after yesterday’s heart-stirring overtime win over the Tennessee Titans. If the playoffs began today, the Colts…yes, the same team that said goodbye to Peyton Manning, Jeff Saturday and most of its players who had guided them previously to the playoffs…would be the sixth seed in the AFC and be playing on the Wild Card weekend.
Don’t think the excitement about the Colts is limited to fans in the Circle City though. After watching the Colts yesterday, two Hall-of-Famers weighed in on their performance on the NFL Network.
First, Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, who knows a thing or two about making highlight-reel plays, called Vick Ballard’s acrobatic launch to the goal line “the best play of the season.” It wasn’t just Ballard’s circus-like contortion in mid air or his incredible leap from four yards out. Ballard’s play was the game-winner. Ballard scored plenty of style points on his dive for the end zone, but it was the importance of the moment that really grabbed everyone’s attention.
Michael Irvin, former Cowboys’ Hall of Fame wide receiver, gushed similarly about Andrew Luck. Irvin played alongside Troy Aikman who came in as a number one overall pick to bring the Cowboys back to their glory days. He sees similar greatness in Luck.
“He has a grasp of every aspect of the game,” Irvin told his NFL Network colleagues. Indeed, Luck has an uncanny awareness of what’s going on around him as he demonstrated yesterday. Even though the officials ruled his pass incomplete, Luck had the awareness to consider that a batted swing pass might be a lateral and rushed back to fall on the ball. Several times during the day it was as if an alarm went off in Luck’s head signaling an approaching pass rusher from his blind side. Luck was able to roll away from the pressure and make something happen from what probably would have been a sack with most rookies.
Even in one of Luck’s “rookie” moments when he hit Tennessee linebacker Colin McCarthy in the numbers (fortunately he dropped it) with a desperate pass attempt, Luck showed amazing presence. His intended target was Reggie Wayne, who had fallen during the route. Not many veterans would have recognized Wayne as a viable target while under a heavy rush.
This could be just the beginning. The Colts face a stern test at home this weekend with the equally surprising Miami Dolphins followed by another divisional road test at Jacksonville. If they were to head into New England at 6-3, Colts fans would be ecstatic.
And more than a few national pundits would be taking notice.
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.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Reggie Wayne
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Colts 19, Titans 13 OT
-Looking for their third straight victory, the Titans couldn’t make the necessary plays down the stretch against the Colts. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, starting for the injured Jake Locker, had a productive afternoon with 22-of-29 through the air and 236 yards. Rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright scored the lone touchdown for the Titans with a 23-yard score late in the first half. Titans running back Chris Johnson had 21 carries for 99 yards.
NEXT GAME: Chicago, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Packers 24, Jaguars 15
-Even without running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars came close to recording a much-needed road victory on Sunday. Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert was 27-of-49 for 303 yards and a touchdown with receiver Cecil Shorts leading the team with eight catches and 116 yards receiving. The Jaguars overcame a blocked punt return for a touchdown and were down just 14-12 at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, the Packers pushed the lead to 21-12 behind an Aaron Rodgers touchdown toss. Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee would cut the lead to 21-15 with 6:50 remaining and the Jaguars would get another crack at it but couldn’t convert a fourth-and-four from the Packers 44-yard line.
NEXT GAME: Detroit, Sunday at 1:00 EST
-The Texans had a bye week and maintained a one-game lead for the best record in the AFC.
NEXT GAME: Buffalo, Sunday at 1:00 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 caught the first two passes of the game for the Colts and turned in a four-catch, 56-yard performance on Sunday afternoon. Allen now has 17 catches for 174 yards on the season.
Vick Ballard, RB: For the third straight game, Ballard started at running back and had what is assured to be on the season highlight video. Ballard had 12 carries for 55 yards to help a season high 171 yards rushing for the Colts. Ballard’s 16-yard screen pass in overtime was the game-winning touchdown as the rookie leaped from inside the five-yard line, twisting his body for his first career NFL touchdown.
LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill made a critical nine-yard reception on the Colts game-tying touchdown drive. It was the only catch for Brazill on the day but his reception set up a fourth-and-one conversion for running back Delone Carter.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had two catches for 24 yards on the afternoon but was limited in the second half after suffering a shoulder injury late in the second quarter.
T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had a season high five catches on Sunday, resulting in 34 yards. Hilton also had one punt return for 13 yards. On the season, Hilton ranks fourth on the team with 18 catches and third with 253 yards receiving.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 26-of-38 for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception on Sunday. Luck also had six carries for 28 yards, padding his AFC leading 143 yards rushing on the season for quarterbacks. With the win, Luck’s (.571) winning percentage is the highest ever for a quarterback selected No. 1 overall after Week 8 of his rookie season
Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday.
Rookie wide receiver Nate Palmer was inactive against the Titans.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Bradley Sowell, Coby Fleener, dwayne allen, LaVon Brazill, Nate Palmer, T.Y. Hilton, vick ballard
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