A Guess at Friday’s 53-Man Roster

With the most recent cuts and injury related moves, the Colts are currently down to 75 players on the active roster. By Friday at 4 pm ET, they must be down to 53 players. 

Here’s my early week guess at the final roster, with an aside: this roster is solely comprised of players on the roster right now. The Colts will likely add as many as 5-7 new faces after the league-wide cuts, but that may not happen until Friday. For now, this roster is solely made up of current Colts. 


QB: (3) Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish

RB: (4) Donald Brown, Vick Ballard, Mewelde Moore, Delone Carter

LT: (2) Anthony Caastonzo, Ty Nsekhe

LG: (2) Joe Reitz, Seth Olsen

C: (2) Samson Satele, A.Q. Shipley

RG: (1) Mike McGlynn

RT: (2) Winston Justice, Jeff Linkenbach

TE: (3) Coby FLeener, Dwayne Allen, Dominique Jones

WR: (6) Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Donnie Avery, Kris Adams


DE: (4) Fili Moala, Cory Redding, Drake Nevis, Ricardo Mathews

NT: (2) Antonio Johnson, Chigbo Anunoby

OLB: (6) Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Tim Fugger, Dwight Freeney, Mario Addison, Jerry Brown

ILB: (4) Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Jerrell Freeman, Moise Fokou

CB: (5) Jerraud Powers, Vontae Davis, Justin King, Korey Lindsey, Cassius Vaughn

S: (4)Antoine Bethea, Tom Zbikowski, Joe Lefeged, Mike Newton

Special Teams: 

K: (1) Adam Vinatieri

P: (1) Pat McAfee

LS: (1) Justin Snow


  • I have a feeling about Matt Overton at long snapper. I think he could be kept and put on the practice squad, stored for the future when Snow leaves. 
  • The Colts HAVE to sign a NT off waivers. You can’t go into the season with Johnson your starter, and Anunoby your only backup. That’s pushing your luck way too far. 
  • I think with the injury to OT George Foster, Ty Nsekhe has a much better chance of making it. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts kept another guard, like Mike Tepper or Hayworth Hicks instead. 
  • A few of these players will likely eventually be replaced by new names, especially offensive linement, cornerbacks, and defensive linemen. This is by no means a final roster, but just a Friday roster. 
  • I like Kris Adams at WR, but the Colts very well might go with five on the roster, and store a young guy (or two) on the practice squad. Personally, I like Adams and with Collie’s injury, you need some depth at that position. 
Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.