Sad to see Shaun King get the boot. But I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to see Terrence Wilkins make his return to the Colts. Very cool. It's also nice to see John Standeford, a former practice squad player, make the cut for a change.
Sunday, September 3 ROSTER SOLIDIFIED
By John Oehser - Colts.com
Colts Weekend Moves Trim Roster to 53 Players INDIANAPOLIS - This past week, Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said the team possibly could enter the regular season with two quarterbacks on the active roster. Over the weekend, that possibility moved closer to reality.
Shaun King, who started at quarterback in the preseason finale Friday night, was among 25 players terminated or waived by the Colts over the weekend. The team made the roster moves to reach the NFL-mandated 53-player roster limit by Saturday afternoon.
After acquiring defensive end Ryan LaCasse in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, the Colts acquired two players off waivers on Sunday: defensive tackle Dan Klecko and running back De De Dorsey.
Players released included:
Kicker Shane Andrus, defensive back Waine Bacon, quarterback Josh Betts, defensive lineman Sweet Pea Burns, defensive back Tanard Davis, defensive end George Gause, linebacker Nick Hannah, tight end Joey Hawkins, punter Reggie Hodges, running back Tony Hollings, wide receiver Ed Hinkel, linebacker Brandon Hoyte, cornerback Von Hutchins, offensive guard Trevor Hutton, defensive tackle Tom Johnson, offensive lineman Bo Lacy, safety Dexter Reid, linebacker Dale Robinson, center Russ Tanner, offensive guard Matt Ulrich, defensive end Jonathan Welsh and defensive tackle Marcus West.
Like King, two vested veterans – wide receiver Marc Boerigter and running back Jonathan Wells – were terminated.
Whereas Boerigter and Wells were signed as free agents in the last two weeks, King signed in June. With Jim Sorgi – the Colts' backup quarterback the last two seasons – out with a shoulder injury in the last two preseason games, King had played extensively in the last two games, starting Friday night against Cincinnati.
King, an eight-year veteran who led Tampa Bay to the playoffs as a starter in 1999 and 2000, completed 44 of 71 passes in four preseason games for 563 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.
Sorgi, out since sustaining a shoulder injury against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 of the preseason, could be ready to practice Monday, Dungy said after Friday’s preseason finale.
The released players also included a pair of defensive linemen selected in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Burns – a third-round selection from the University of Kentucky – missed much of last season with a knee injury, as did Welsh, a fifth-round selection from the University of Wisconsin. Welsh sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury midway through last season.
Welsh played six games last season, making six tackles on special teams, before being placed on injured reserve. Burns was inactive through the first nine games and was place on injured reserve after that.
Hutchins, a sixth-round selection in the 2004 NFL Draft, spent the first 11 games last season on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a foot injury before playing three of the final five games.
Klecko (5-feet-11, 275 pounds), the son of former NFL star Joe Klecko, played collegiately at Temple. He is a four-year NFL veteran who spent his first three seasons with New England, playing 29 games. Joe Klecko played for the Colts in 1988.
Dorsey (5-11, 196), a rookie, played collegiately at Lindenwood. He was released by Cincinnati over the weekend.
The moves also meant good news for several players competing for roster spots throughout training camp. John Standeford, a first-year veteran receiver who caught six passes for 89 yards on Friday, made the roster as the team kept six receivers. So did veteran wide receiver/returner Terrence Wilkins, who played with the Colts from 1999-2001 before spending the 2005 season out of football, and first-year reserve running back Kory Chapman.
All seven of the Colts’ 2006 draft selections – running back Joseph Addai, cornerback Tim Jennings, linebacker Freddie Keiaho, offensive tackles Michael Toudouze and Charlie Johnson, safety Antoine Bethea and cornerback/returner T.J. Rushing – made the roster.
After the weekend’s moves, the Colts’ roster breaks down as follows:
• Quarterbacks (2): Peyton Manning and Sorgi.
• Running backs (4): Dominic Rhodes, Addai, Chapman and Dorsey.
• Offensive linemen (8): Tackle Tarik Glenn, guard Jake Scott, center Jeff Saturday, guard/center Dylan Gandy, tackle Ryan Diem, guard Ryan Lilja, Johnson and Toudouze.
• Tight ends (5): Tight end/fullback Dallas Clark, Ben Utecht, Bryan Fletcher, Ben Hartsock and long snapper Justin Snow.
• Defensive linemen (9): End Dwight Freeney, tackle Montae Reagor, tackle/end Raheem Brock, end Robert Mathis, tackle Corey Simon, tackle Darrell Reid, end Josh Thomas, Klecko and LaCasse.
• Linebackers (7): Cato June, Gary Brackett, Gilbert Gardner, Rob Morris, Tyjan Hagler, Keiaho and Keith O’Neil.
• Defensive backs (10): Cornerback Nick Harper, cornerback Jason David, cornerback Marlin Jackson, safety Bob Sanders, safety Mike Doss, Bethea, cornerback Kelvin Hayden, safety Matt Giordano, Jennings and Rushing.
• Kicker (1): Adam Vinatieri.
• Punter (1): Hunter Smith.
The team can sign eight players to the practice squad. The three-time defending AFC South champion Colts will open the 2006 regular season with a nationally-televised game against the defending NFC East champion New York Giants at the New Jersey Meadowlands Sunday night.