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Roster Moves: Colts Sign DE Lawrence Guy, OT Xavier Nixon, Release Rogers and Williams

This morning, the Colts announced that they have signed defensive end Lawrence Guy, who spent much of last season and the 2013 preseason with Indianapolis, as well as offensive tackle Xavier Nixon, an undrafted rookie who was on the Washington Redskins practice squad. (continued after the jump)

From the team’s press release:

Guy, 6-4, 318 pounds, rejoins the Colts after being waived by the team following the preseason finale against Cincinnati. He spent the 2012 season with Indianapolis after being signed from the Green Bay practice squad on September 3, 2012. Guy totaled 21 tackles (15 solo) and 1.0 sack in nine games played. He was originally selected by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but spent his rookie season on the Injured Reserve list.

Nixon, 6-6, 314 pounds, was originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2013. He was waived by the Redskins on August 31, 2013 before being signed to the team’s practice squad the following day. Nixon appeared in 46 games (33 starts) on the University of Florida offensive line. As a senior in 2012, he earned All-SEC honors after playing 11 games with eight consecutive starts at left tackle. In 2009, Nixon was part of a Florida offense that ranked No. 3 in the nation in yards per carry (5.59), yards per play (6.97) and total yards (6,410), earning him freshman All-America recognition from and a selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

This may not be a good sign for the availability of DE Ricky Jean Francois, who is day to day with a groin injury, or C Samson Satele, who is still nursing an elbow injury. 

Stay tuned.  Two players will have to be cut or placed on IR later today to make room on the 53-man roster.  Tough choices may be on the way in Indy. 

Update 2:40 EDT: The Colts released WR Da' Rick Rogers and RB/KR Kerwynn Williams to make room on the roster for Guy and Nixon.  Rogers was an undrafted player with great measurables and upside (but attitude problems), and Williams was one of the team's two seventh round draft picks, brought on to be a dynamic kick returner.  No word yet on whether either player may be headed back to the practice squad. 

The good news is, no one was placed on injured reserve.  Also, seeing Rogers go, while disappointing, may mean the health of Indy's top three receivers has improved (Wayne, Heyward-Bey, and Hilton were all on the injury report at some point last week).

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