The Indianapolis Colts today waived center Thomas Austin.
Austin played in his first game of the season last week at Kansas City (12/22). For his career, he has competed in eight games (one start). Austin was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2013 before being signed to the practice squad on September 1.
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The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16. The award is the first of Freeman’s career and the fourth for the Colts this season (Andrew Luck – Player of the Week in Week 7, Robert Mathis – AFC Player of the Month in October and Adam Vinatieri – Player of the Week in Week 11).
Last week during the team’s 23-7 victory at Kansas City, Freeman recorded a team-leading seven tackles (three solo), 1.0 sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble and three passes defensed. It was his first career multiple-interception game and the picks were the second and third of his season. Freeman tied the franchise record for interceptions in a game by a linebacker, which was last accomplished on December 9, 2007 (Gary Brackett vs. Baltimore). With his sack, Freeman tied Larry Chester (6.5) for the third-most career sacks by a Colts undrafted player. He also set a club record for the most forced fumbles by a Colts undrafted player, topping Tony Siragusa’s previous mark of five.
Through 15 games this season, Freeman leads the team with 159 tackles (105 solo) while contributing with 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, three interceptions, five passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He posted his first career multiple-sack game (2.0) in a Week 2 contest at Miami and has led the team in tackles in 10 games this year.
2013 Colts AFC Player of the Week/Month Recipients
Week 7: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
October: Robert Mathis – AFC Defensive Player of the Month
Week 11: Adam Vinatieri – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed linebacker Alan Baxter to the practice squad and placed defensive tackle Montori Hughes on Injured Reserve.
Baxter, 6-0, 238 pounds, was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013. He was then signed to the Steelers practice squad on September 1 and released on October 11. Baxter played in 52 career games (24 starts) at Northern Illinois and finished with 152 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss and 16.0 sacks. As a senior in 2012, he was an All-Mid-American Conference first-team selection after leading the team with 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.
Hughes was selected by the Colts in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He appeared in four games this season, making seven tackles, including four solo stops.
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