The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad and signed guard David Arkin to the practice squad. The team also waived running back Dion Lewis from the active roster and released guard Josh Walker from the practice squad.
Quarles, 6-4, 294 pounds, was originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He was then waived and acquired from waivers by the Patriots on August 31. Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles (66 solo), 13.0 sacks, 23.5 stops for losses and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he was named a unanimous First Team All-Southeastern Conference choice after leading the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks to go along with 39 tackles (27 solo). In 2012, Quarles started all 11 games in which he played and had 38 tackles (27 solo) and 3.5 sacks.
Arkin, 6-5, 307 pounds, has played in one career game with the Miami Dolphins in 2013. He was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Missouri State. He spent his first three seasons (2011-13) with the Cowboys before joining the Dolphins in 2013 and most recently, the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. Arkin was a four-year starter at Missouri State and became only the third player in school history to earn All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors every year.
Lewis was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 9, 2014. In two seasons with the Eagles (2011-12), he competed in 24 games and totaled 36 carries for 171 yards (4.8 avg.) and two touchdowns while adding three receptions for 21 yards. Lewis also served as Philadelphia’s kickoff returner and compiled 32 returns for 702 yards (21.9 avg.).
Walker was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on August 31. He was an All-Conference USA selection in 2013 at Middle Tennessee State and never missed a game throughout his collegiate career.
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