Colts Release OL Person and Shipley, Sign Trai Essex; More Moves to Come

The Colts continue with a trend with Ryan Grigson as GM: if he doesn’t like something, he doesn’t wait to do something about it. 

After just one game into the season, Grigson has already decided that center A.Q. Shipley and tackle Mike Person are not worth roster spots on the Colts. Shipley made the roster as an effect of being the only backup center on the roster, but apparently he has been deemed no longer necessary. It was a little surprising to see Person waived after the Colts used a waiver claim on him a couple weeks ago. 

In order to refill the roster, the Colts signed veteran offensive lineman Trai Essex. Essex played for offensive coordinator Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh, being drafted in 2005 by the Steelers. He was a starter in 2009, as well as partially in 2010. Of course, those Steeler offensive lines were terrible, and Essex really is nothing but a depth player.

He is a player, however, with a lot of flexibility, and is able to play all five positions. This is what allows the Colts to cut both Essex and Person. 

Person will likely be in contention for either the left guard or right tackle position, depending on injuries. Coach Pagano told reporters today that Joe Reitz will likely be out another week with his knee injury, and Winston Justice’s concussion could cause some missed time.

Essex could feasibly replace either Seth Olsen or Jeff Linkenbach on the line while Reitz and Justice recover. Both Olsen and Linkenbach look terrible so far in 2012, and I honestly don’t know which is the lesser evil at this point. 

Another move will likely be made today to fill the extra spot, which has to be an offensive lineman at this point. With Justice and Reitz possibly out, the Colts would have just one backup lineman going into Sunday’s game.

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.