The Indianapolis Colts today waived 27 players to reach the league-mandated 53-man roster for the start of the regular season. Those waived include: DB-Al Afalava, P-Travis Baltz, WR-Chris Brooks, DE-John Chick, LB-Chris Colasanti, OG-Kyle DeVan, TE-Tyson DeVree, DT-John Gill, WR-David Gilreath, DB-Michael Hamlin, DT-Tommie Harris, RB-Javarris James, DB-Brandon King, OL-Jake Kirkpatrick, DT-Ricardo Mathews, TE-Michael Matthews, OG-Jacques McClendon, WR-Larrone Moore, LB-Kerry Neal, DT-Ollie Ogbu, QB-Dan Orlovsky, WR-Taj Smith (Waived/Injured), OT-Mike Tepper, OT-Michael Toudouze, LB-Nate Triplett, LB-Vuna Tuihalamaka, and WR-Marshall Williams. The Colts also activated wide receiver Blair White from the physically unable to perform list.
“These days always carry mixed emotions and we had a lot of tough decisions to make because of the competition we witnessed during the preseason,” said Head Coach Jim Caldwell. “With the moves we made, I feel this team is in a position to be highly successful and competitive over the course of the regular season.”
“There was a tremendous amount of talent competing for spots on this team and that made our decisions challenging,” said Vice President and General Manager Chris Polian. “We respect and appreciate the effort that these players put forth throughout the course of training camp and the preseason. At the same time, we feel we’ve established a solid group of players who will compete at a high level for the Indianapolis Colts this season.”
Prior to the regular season opener against the Houston Texans (September 11), the Colts have until Monday, September 5 to establish an eight-player practice squad.
Below is a preseason breakdown of those players who were released:
DB-Al Afalava (5-11, 212 pounds, Oregon State): In two preseason contests, totaled eight tackles (six solo) and one tackle for loss.
P-Travis Baltz (6-3, 210 pounds, Maryland): Saw action in all four preseason games and recorded 11 punts for a 46.1 average and a long kick of 57 yards.
WR-Chris Brooks (6-2, 210 pounds, Nebraska): Caught four passes for 53 yards (13.3 avg.) and one touchdown this preseason.
DE-John Chick (6-4, 250 pounds, Utah State): In four preseason games, registered 10 tackles (five solo), 1.5 sacks, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry.
LB-Chris Colasanti (6-2, 241 pounds, Penn State): Posted 11 tackles (seven solo) in four preseason contests.
OG-Kyle DeVan (6-2, 306 pounds, Oregon State): Saw action on the offensive line in all four preseason games.
TE-Tyson DeVree (6-6, 245 pounds, Colorado): This preseason, contributed with three receptions for 55 yards (18.3 avg.) and a long catch of 33 yards.