The Indianapolis Colts today waived cornerback Tony Carter and placed defensive tackle Henry Anderson on the Injured Reserve list.
Carter, 5-9, 175 pounds, signed with the team as a free agent on October 20, 2015. He played in three games and saw action mostly on special teams. Carter has participated in 45 career regular season games (three starts) and five playoff contests with Indianapolis, Denver and New England. He has totaled 42 tackles (37 solo), 22 passes defensed, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and six special teams tackles.
Anderson, 6-6, 300 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He started all nine games this season and registered 35 tackles (28 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and two passes defensed. Anderson played in 48 games (35 starts) at Stanford and finished with 140 tackles (76 solo), 17.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed. He was named First Team All-Pac-12 (2014), honorable mention All-Pac-12 (2013) and Second Team All-Pac-12 (2012) in each of his final three collegiate seasons.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is tight end Jack Doyle.
When Rob Chudzinski took over as offensive coordinator this week, the tight end position was thought to be impacted in a positive way.
The unit definitely was on Sunday.
The trickle down effect was all the way to Jack Doyle, playing 31 snaps Sunday, after he logged a total of 21 offensive snaps the previous three weeks.
Doyle had two catches for 18 yards Sunday, including extending for a three-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter.
“Andrew did a good job of getting the ball out quick and gave me an opportunity to be able to stretch out there at the end,” Doyle said of his third career-touchdown.
“I was just lucky enough to be close enough to end zone.”
Luck distributed the ball around to nine different guys on Sunday, all of who whom saw at least two targets.
Coming off a short road week and facing the top defense in the NFL, this type of effort wasn’t expected.
“It’s been tough, but it hasn’t been a ton different,” Doyle said of the weekly preparation last week.
“I think our offensive coaches have done such a great job putting in extra time and getting us prepared. They had us ready to play.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis’ three-game losing streak ended Sunday.
In knocking off the undefeated Broncos 27-24, the Colts put together their finest 60-minute performance of the season.
The Colts (4-5) will now enter their bye week with a one-game lead in the AFC South.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
FAST START COMES SUNDAY – It was the mission Chuck Pagano preached all week long. Start like we finish. On Sunday, that came to fruition with the Colts jumping out to a 17-0 lead through the first quarter and a half. The start was even more impressive when you consider Denver came into Sunday having not allowed a single first-quarter point all season long.
COMMITTED GROUND GAME – With Rob Chudzinski calling the offensive shots Sunday, the Colts carried the ball a season-high 40 times. In doing so, the Colts had the more for 17 minutes longer than the Broncos. Chud also implemented many more two and three tight end looks on Sunday.
HILTON FIGHTS THROUGH INJURY – T.Y. Hilton was supposed to miss four weeks with a foot injury that kept him out of practice all last week. Hilton not only ended up playing Sunday, but he was more than effective. The Colts Pro Bowl wide receiver caught five balls (in six targets) for 82 yards Sunday. Hilton’s presence on the field as needed going up against arguably the league’s top cornerback duo.
INJURIES TO WATCH – Injuries to Mike Adams (ankle) and Henry Anderson (knee) will be the ones to keep an eye on into the bye week. After the game, Adams said the ankle injury was just a “little scare.” Unfortunately, Pagano said the injury to Anderson is “pretty significant” with MRIs coming on Monday for both defenders.
BYE WEEK MOMENTUM – The Colts now head into their bye week at 4-5, with a one-game lead in the AFC South. The schedule for the Colts does lighten up after the bye with road trips to Atlanta (11/22) and Pittsburgh (12/6) standing out on the second half. The Colts won’t get back into their AFC South schedule until 12/13, closing the season with three out of their last four against the division.
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