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Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 28, 2013 – 8:12 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated wide receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster and signed center Thomas Austin to the practice squad.

Whalen has played in three games this season, catching two passes for 28 yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012 and was signed to the practice squad on October 2, 2013.

Austin was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2013 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. He was then released from the practice squad on October 1. Austin has appeared in seven career games (one start) with the Carolina Panthers (2012) and Houston Texans (2011).

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  1. By Bill on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to see Griff get the chance to show what he can do for this team. Sorry to see the circumstances that made it possible. #Coltstrong

  2. By heather brewster on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    I agree Bill,the boy can run..

  3. By sanford gilliam on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    the colts should make a move to get browns wide out, josh gordan , that man a beast ,, he will be better with somebody like andrew luck throwing him the ball

  4. By Sudarsan Chandrasekhar on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Here’s the problem witb getting Gordon..we would need to give up draft pick.

  5. By apurvparikh on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Gordon is worth a high draft pick, Luck – Gordon and Hilton would be amazing! We need a tall wideout and Gordon is only 22 it would be amazing what Luck and him could do.

    That being said, Whalen looks good in the slot and if we decide to go with him I’d like to see one of our receivers really step-up!

  6. By Seth Davis on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Gordon would be great and with our team already being so young it would be alright to give up another draft pick. Only issue I would have is what would happen to our team once all these young players rookie contracts are up, we would lose them to free agency because we couldn’t afford to keep them all when its time.
    I say go after a vet WR that is close to the end of huis current contract that would be willing to sign with us to be on a competing team. ie: Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson, Santonio Holmes, etc..

  7. By matthew on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    We need DHB to step up and for the first time in his career do something in the league. He is built to be successful in the NFL, but he has got to start catching the ball.

  8. By macbaldy on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    All of the Colts’ receivers need to step up, all of them. Adding Whalen has a lot of upside. He’s not like the others who has size and/or speed. Whalen has quickness and hands; he’s a Welker-type, possession receiver who fits into Hamilton’s ball control scheme. Oh yeah, Whalen was Luck’s primary receiver at Stanford in 2011, when Hamilton was Stanford’s OC.; he knows the playbook and his chemistry with Luck is on the same level as Wayne’s. BTW, with a Welker-type WR, Luck gets the ball out sooner instead of waiting for a long pattern to develop–and Luck gets hit less!

  9. By ron price on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    I watch griff in practice he is one of lucks favorite targets.

  10. By Ttommyshag on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Griff is a hard worker, super smart and knows Luck like no other. The move makes perfect sense, good move Colts…

  11. By COLTSSTRONG87 on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    We can go to ways trade for that beast josh Gordon or go with a vet like santonio Holmes or VJ I don’t know about griff never heard of him hope he’s good #coltsstrong

  12. By Don Andry on Oct 28, 2013 | Reply

    Griff Whalen was Luck’s roommate at Stanford…four years. He was Luck’s favorite target. Not Fleenor as you should be able to discern. Whalen is a precise route runner with great hands and anticipation of the ball arriving when he comes out of his route. Bang/bang type reciever. Graduated same weekend as Luck, etc. etc. Smart guy….wouldn’t have been at Stanford if he wasn’t. Smarts play a bigger part of this game over bigger, faster, jump higher, pump more iron….etc. If you don’t have it upstairs you won’t last long. Hopefully the Colts give him a fair chance and we’ll see. I’m betting on Griff.

  13. By perry wehr on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    Larry Fitzgeralds. To replace 87

  14. By coy simpson on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    dig i luv da whalen n gordon push… well worth 3rd round pick… don wunna say to much but picks for factual evidance all day… u kno wut u gettn who says da old ways are how u push… draft picks are not official at adapting to da next level… da og reggie situation i believe loyalty ova erthang… it wouldnt be da same period… yae fitzgerald is certified legandary ain nuttn like 000G regg… dat would be like traden millatime…

  15. By Tom Hannon on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    what? how about trying English.

  16. By Jason Hall on Oct 31, 2013 | Reply

    Griff is the answer to the Colts problems.
    I watched him the whole training camp. We don’t have one db that can cover him. And were suppose to have the best nickle defense in the league.

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