The Indianapolis Colts today signed the following nine players to the practice squad: defensive end Sterling Bailey, inside linebacker Trevor Bates, safety Lee Hightower, tight end Mike Miller, cornerback Christopher Milton, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, guard Adam Redmond, wide receiver Tevaun Smith and tackle Jeremy Vujnovich.Bailey, 6-3, 296 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He participated in 42 career games (19 starts) at the University of Georgia and totaled 108 tackles (35 solo), 2.5 sacks and seven passes defensed. As a senior in 2015, Bailey appeared in 13 games (10 starts) and was a team captain in addition to earning the Coaches’ Leadership Award. He finished the season with 46 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack.
Bates, 6-2, 247 pounds, was selected by Indianapolis in the seventh round (239th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He appeared in 46 games at Maine and finished with 207 tackles (106 solo), 19.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). Bates garnered various honors over his collegiate career including the team’s most valuable player, CFPA National Defensive Lineman of the Week, Second Team All-CAA, Third Team All-CAA, All-CAA Academic Honors and CAA Defensive Player of the Week. In 2015, he played in 11 games for the Black Bears and totaled 57 tackles (31 solo), 7.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown).
Hightower, 6-2, 200 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on August 2, 2016. He participated in the Houston Texans 2016 rookie minicamp on a tryout basis but was not signed. Hightower played in 20 games (seven starts) in two seasons (2014-15) at the University of Houston and finished with 65 tackles (40 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. Prior to transferring to Houston, he started 11-of-15 games at Boise State from 2011-12 and registered 56 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, one interception and five passes defensed.
Miller, 6-6, 255 pounds, was waived by Indianapolis on August 28, 2016. He originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2016 before being placed on the team’s Non-Football Injury List on July 26. Miller was waived by the team on July 29, 2016 and then re-signed by the Colts on August 21. Collegiately, he played in 27 games (20 starts) at Taylor University and finished his career with 80 receptions for 959 yards and seven touchdowns after transferring following two seasons at Santa Monica College in California.
Milton, 5-11, 190 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He played in 53 games (33 starts) at Georgia Tech and collected 96 tackles (82 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, 14 passes defensed and five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns). He finished his career with seven blocked kicks. As a redshirt senior in 2015, Milton started all 12 games and tallied 28 tackles (27 solo), one interception, six passes defensed and two blocked kicks. He was the FBS active career leader in blocked kicks during the 2015 season.
Quarles, 6-4, 310 pounds, was signed to the Colts active roster from the team’s practice squad on December 21, 2015. He has played in two career NFL games and recorded one tackle, 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles previously spent time on the practice squads of the New England Patriots (2014-15) and the Cleveland Browns (2015).
Redmond, 6-6, 290 pounds, was signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He played in 31 games at Harvard and was the co-recipient of the school’s William Paine LaCroix Trophy in 2015. Redmond was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team and was selected to the All-Ivy League first-team that season. He helped the Crimson achieve a 9-1 record in 2015, competing in all 10 games. Redmond blocked for an offense that averaged 474.2 yards per game and 36.4 points per contest as Harvard earned a co-Ivy League Championship.
Smith, 6-2, 205 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He totaled 102 catches for 1,500 yards (14.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns in 47 career games (24 starts) at Iowa. Smith saw action in 12 games (10 starts) as a senior in 2015, finishing second on the team in receiving yards (563) and third in receptions (32). He also had three touchdowns. Smith earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches after playing in 13 games (eight starts) as a junior in 2014, finishing the year with 43 catches for 596 yards and three touchdowns. His 596 receiving yards led the team and his 43 receptions ranked second.
Vujnovich, 6-5, 300 pounds, was signed by Indianapolis as a free agent on May 12, 2016. He spent the last two seasons on the Green Bay Packers practice squad. Vujnovich originally signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent on January 7, 2014. Collegiately, he started 28-of-29 career games at Louisiana College from 2009-2012. As a senior in 2012, Vujnovich earned First Team American Southwest Conference honors, Second Team All-Louisiana recognition by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and Second Team All-South Region accolades by D3football.com after starting 10 games at left tackle. In 2011, he started nine games at left tackle and earned First Team ASC honors. As a sophomore in 2010, Vujnovich earned All-ASC honorable mention honors after starting nine games at left tackle. He saw action in one game as a true freshman in 2009.
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The Indianapolis Colts today claimed safety Matthias Farley and cornerback Neiko Thorpe off waivers.
The team also released cornerback Jalil Brown and tight end Chase Coffman.
Farley, 5-11, 210 pounds, originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He participated in the Cardinals offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3.
Collegiately, Farley played in 52 games (26 starts) at Notre Dame and finished with 192 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, eight interceptions, 13 passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2015, he appeared in all 13 games (three starts) and compiled 41 tackles, one interception, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. Farley played in 13 games (four starts) in 2014 and set career highs with 53 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four interceptions and five passes defensed. He tied for the team lead in interceptions and ranked second in sacks. In 2013, Farley saw action in 13 games (eight starts) and registered 49 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed. After beginning his collegiate career as a wide receiver, he moved to safety in 2012 and started a career-high 11-of-13 games for the Irish and made 49 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and one interception. Farley helped Notre Dame finish the regular season with a 12-0 record and earn an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. He redshirted as a freshman in 2011.
Thorpe, 6-1, 200 pounds, has played in 37 career NFL games (two starts) and totaled 42 tackles (38 solo), one interception, seven passes defensed and 10 special teams stops in his time with the Oakland Raiders (2014-15) and Kansas City Chiefs (2012). He participated in the Raiders offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3.
In 2015, Thorpe saw action in 14 games (two starts) and compiled 36 tackles (33 solo), one interception, six passes defensed and four special teams stops. He appeared in 14 games in 2014 and made two tackles (one solo), one pass defensed and six special teams stops. As a rookie in 2012, Thorpe played in nine games and collected four solo tackles. He also spent time on the Chiefs practice squad as a rookie. Thorpe originally signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012 after his collegiate career at Auburn.
Brown, 6-1, 210 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on December 8, 2015. He has played in 47 career NFL games (six starts) and recorded 47 tackles (44 solo), six passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 17 special teams stops in his time with Indianapolis (2013-15) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-12). Brown has also played in one postseason contest.
Coffman, 6-6, 250 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on July 26, 2016. He has played in 37 career NFL games (three starts) and caught 18 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in his time with the Seattle Seahawks (2015), Tennessee Titans (2014-15), Atlanta Falcons (2012-13) and Cincinnati Bengals (2009-2011). Coffman has appeared in three postseason contests and collected one reception for 16 yards.
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