The Indianapolis Colts today elevated inside linebacker Luke Rhodes to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed safety Stefan McClure to the practice squad.
Rhodes, 6-2, 242 pounds, has spent most of the season on the Colts practice squad since signing with the team on October 5, 2016. He participated in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Rhodes originally signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016.
Collegiately, Rhodes started 45-of-47 games at William & Mary and finished with 341 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 19 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. He was a three-time First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and received Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State honors three times. Rhodes participated in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after his senior season. In 2015, he started all 12 games for the Tribe and registered 78 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Prior to the season, Rhodes was the only Football Championship Series player to be named to the Butkus Award Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top college linebacker.
McClure, 5-11, 205 pounds, participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He originally signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, McClure appeared in 37 games (28 starts) at California and totaled 165 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown). He was the only player in Golden Bears history to serve as a team captain for three seasons. McClure’s best season came as a senior when he set career highs with 13 games played, 13 starts, 61 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery (which he returned for his first career touchdown). Following his senior season, he received All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors and was named the Joe Roth Award winner, given to the University of California player who best exemplifies courage, sportsmanship and attitude.
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The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13. This marks the fourth time he has earned the award in his career (Week 9 in 2012, Week 7 in 2013 and Week 3 in 2014).
In the Colts 41-10 victory over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, Luck completed 22-of-28 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns for a 147.6 passer rating. His 147.6 passer rating marked a new single-game career-high. In his first two drives of the game, Luck completed 6-of-6 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns for a 158.3 passer rating. He gave the Colts a 7-0 lead following his seven-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen on the team’s opening drive of the game. Luck and Allen connected for a touchdown again on the team’s next possession on a 21-yard pass to give the Colts a 14-0 advantage in the first quarter. Luck found Allen for their third touchdown connection at the 1:24 mark of the second quarter to give the team a 24-3 advantage. Luck’s three passing touchdowns tied for the fifth most in the first half of a single game in Colts history. It was the first time he threw three touchdowns in the first half of a game dating back to Sept. 21, 2014 against Jacksonville. He tallied his fourth touchdown pass of the game when he hit Donte Moncrief for a three-yard score in the third quarter. It marked his eighth career four-plus touchdown game and his first dating back to the 2016 season opener against Detroit.
Luck is the first Colts player to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season. Kicker Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5) and Month (October), while running back Jordan Todman also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 9) accolades. The last time a Colts player earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors was Luck in Week 3 of the 2014 season.
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