The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent linebacker Robert Ruggiero and waived-injured linebacker Shawn Loiseau. If Loiseau clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.
Ruggiero, 6-2, 245 pounds, was a tryout player during the Colts rookie mini-camp this past May. As a senior at Bridgewater State University last year, he was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 44 tackles and 23.0 tackles for loss. Ruggiero also participated in the 2013 All American Bowl and earned the Jim Marshall Award as the top defensive lineman. He transferred to BSU following three seasons at Springfield College and in four collegiate seasons, compiled career totals of 47.5 tackles for loss and 22.0 sacks.
Loiseau was last signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 4. He came to the team from the LA Kiss of the Arena Football League, where he totaled 23 tackles (16 solo), four tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and two passes defensed in five games played.
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The Indianapolis Colts today traded kicker Cody Parkey to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back David Fluellen. Parkey was waived by the Colts yesterday, however the move was rescinded prior to the 4 p.m. deadline. The Colts also waived running back Phillip Tanner.
Fluellen, 5-11, 224 pounds, was a two-time First Team All-MAC honoree from the University of Toledo. He finished fourth in team history with 3,336 rushing yards. As a senior in 2013, Fluellen led the team in rushing with 1,121 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a junior in 2012, he ranked eighth in the nation with a 124.8 yards per game average, while posting the fifth-best rushing total in school history with 1,498 yards.
Parkey was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2014. He graduated Auburn ranking in the top five in all kicking categories. Parkey also totaled an SEC-long streak of 90 consecutive PATs made throughout his career, which ranked seventh in the nation.
Tanner was signed by the Colts as a free agent on July 29, 2014. In three NFL seasons, he has competed in 39 games while totaling 56 carries for 149 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Tanner has also added nine receptions for 93 yards.
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