With defensive linemen Cory Redding (shoulder) and Ricky Jean Francois (foot), and cornerbacks Greg Toler (groin) and Darius Butler (quad) all missing practice on Christmas Eve, the Colts today elevated defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton and cornerback Sheldon Price from the practice squad.
Indianapolis also added center Thomas Austin (who was waived on December 24), defensive end Jake McDonough, and running back Tauren Poole to the practice squad.
If Redding and Jean Francois are unable to go this Sunday (and it’s quite possible the team simply is being cautious), Ricardo Matthews and Fili Moala would be the starters. Either way, with defensive tackle Montori Hughes now on Injured Reserve (as of the 24th), Pendleton will give the team some much-needed depth up front. The same goes for Price, who will join Vontae Davis, Josh Gordy, and Cassius Vaughn as the team’s healthiest cornerbacks.
Here’s a brief history on each of the recently added players from the Colts’ release:
Pendleton, 6-2, 334 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 3, 2013. He was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Pendleton played in four games and made one solo tackle in 2012 before being released by the Jaguars on May 22, 2013. He then signed with the Dallas Cowboys on June 12 and was released on August 26. Pendleton played two seasons at Ashland University and totaled 84 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and three forced fumbles in 22 games started.
Price, 6-2, 180 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. He competed in 47 games (45 starts) at UCLA and totaled 157 tackles (123 solo), 21 passes defensed, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. Price participated in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game following a senior season in which he started all 13 games and tied for the team lead with a career-high four interceptions.
Austin, 6-4, 310 pounds, has played in one game this season at Kansas City (12/22). For his career, he has competed in eight games, making one start. Austin was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2013 before being signed to the practice squad on September 1.
McDonough, 6-5, 305 pounds, was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2013 and was waived on July 25. At Iowa State, he played in 40 career games (26 starts) and totaled 89 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and three passes defensed. As a senior in 2012, McDonough earned All-Big 12 first-team honors and was named Iowa State’s Defensive Lineman of the Year after finishing the season with 36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
Poole, 5-10, 210 pounds, was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2012 and spent his entire rookie season on Injured Reserve after suffering an injury in the preseason. He was then signed to the Panthers practice squad on September 1, 2013 and was released on October 2. Poole played in 50 career games (25 starts) at Tennessee and rushed for 1,898 yards and 16 touchdowns on 423 carries. He also posted 45 receptions for 343 yards and one touchdown.