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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 29, 2013 – 1:51 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today acquired linebacker Kelvin Sheppard in a trade with the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Jerry Hughes.


“We wish nothing but the best for Jerry in Buffalo,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s a talented guy that did everything we asked of him. At the same time, we are very pleased to be getting a young linebacker who has been a productive starter in this league.”


Sheppard, 6-2, 244 pounds, was originally a third round (68th overall) draft selection by Buffalo in 2011. In 32 career games (24 starts), he has totaled 138 tackles (95 solo), 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery. Sheppard recorded his first career sack in a 2012 Week 2 victory against Kansas City and added his second of the season in a loss against Seattle.


As a three-year starter at LSU, Sheppard completed his collegiate career ranked ninth in school history with 311 tackles. He posted 100-plus tackle campaigns in both his junior and senior seasons. In 2010, Sheppard was voted an All-SEC first-team selection after compiling 116 stops, which ranked third in the conference.


Hughes was a first round (31st overall) draft choice by the Colts in 2010. In three seasons with the team, he totaled 61 tackles (44 solo), 5.0 sacks and one pass defensed.

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  1. By Ducey on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Great move by Grigson! With the addition of Werner it made the oft criticized Hughes very much expendable. In return we get a solid contributor back in the likes of Sheppard and will be able to focus on the development of Werner without Hughes battling for snaps. Great move bringing in a big time, former SEC stud.

  2. By John Stanley Dickey on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Great move! Hughes didn’t do very much. Now let’s make another trade with Arizona for Stefan Taylor and this team will be set for greatness.

  3. By Richard on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Hughes was more productive in this defense than the 4-3. You are getting another inside linebacker to battle the others for snaps. What happens to Angler?

  4. By Richard on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply


  5. By steve on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Hughes was a bust here in Indy and will be the same in Buffalo never did a thing in not even on special teams

  6. By John Stanley Dickey on Apr 29, 2013 | Reply

    Great move Colts. Jerry tried but it wasn’t enough. This tells me that this draft is not completed. What do you say if we packaged some players together ((Josh Gordy, Ben Ijalana, Joe Lefeged, Nathan Palmer, Jabin Sambrano, Samson Satale) and trade a couple of them to Arizona for Stefan Taylor? I like Jabin Sambrano but I don’t want him to waste away on the bench so trade him and somebody else for Stefan Taylor and then we can call this draft complete.

  7. By Mikey P. on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    IMO this is a good move. I believe Hughes wore out his welcome in Indy and vice versa for Sheppard.It is going to be interesting to see what the tandem of Grigson & Pagano bring out in this team moving forward. As we know, Pagano wasn’t with the team for most of last season. Not sure of the differences between his techniques/methodology vs. Arians. I like the size/bulk of incoming linemen on both sides of the ball. Run the ball & stop the run. Still building the monster.

  8. By Frank on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    aww man Hughes was a 1st rounder with alot of potential 🙁

  9. By ray on May 1, 2013 | Reply

    We tend to hold on things too long and what do we get back in return (i.e. Manning, Dwight, Pierres Garcon, Dallas Clark, Bob S, and there’s more) nothing, everybody just leave and no trade value return picks, forget those supplement picks that’s wack. Last pick in the draft crab…. we suck in that department, I’m glad we are getting value for Jerry, good luck Jerry you were wasting your time on our new revamp defense.

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