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The Colts 53-man Roster…For Now

The Colts have made their cuts and the roster is down to 53. Of course, with all the injuries to veteran players, not everyone on the current version of the regular season roster is safe.

There are a few notable names missing, but no major surprises.   Delano Howell, once the safe bet for the open starting safety spot before his neck injury, isn’t on the list. He may be headed to the PUP or the IR – no word for sure yet. (Update: Howell is waived-injured along with T Matt Hall and will revert to the Injured Reserve provided he clears waivers)

A few players who appeared safe from week one of the preseason made it, DT/NT Zach Kerr, RB Boom Herron, and both Griff Whalen and Da’Rick Rogers. All of these guys made strong cases for a roster spot, with Kerr standing out among the rest.

Some others who played well in the preseason but still seemed to be on the bubble also made the cut. ILB Henoc Muamba, CB/KR Loucheiz Purifoy, RB Zurlon Tipton, and veteran special teams player, LB Andy Studebaker are all on the Colts roster for now.

A few guys who didn’t make it, like safety Dewey McDonald, and, yes Chandler Harnish, look like good candidates for the practice squad. McDonald certainly has some upside, and Harnish, well, they seem to like him – and he knows the system.  Also, say goodbye to Kelvin Sheppard, gone in favor of either Muamba or Josh McNary.  Both players have some nice potential.

Update: Marcus Burley is off the list now too, as he’s been traded to Seattle for a 6th round pick.

So, here, from the Colts website, is the “final” 53, for now:
1. Adams, Mike
2. Allen, Dwayne
3. Anderson, Colt
4. Austin, Thomas
5. Bradshaw, Ahmad
6. Brown, Sergio
7. Butler, Darius
8. Castonzo, Anthony
9. Chapman, Josh
10. Cherilus, Gosder
11. Davis, Vontae
12. Doyle, Jack
13. Fleener, Coby
14. Freeman, Jerrell
15. Gordy, Josh
16. Harrison, Jonotthan
17. Harvey, Mario
18. Hasselbeck, Matt
19. Herron, Dan
20. Hilton, TY
21. Holmes, Khaled
22. Hughes, Montori
23. Jackson, D’Qwell
24. Jean Francois, Ricky
25. Johnson, Cam
26. Jones, Arthur
27. Kerr, Zach
28. Landry, LaRon
29. Louis, Lance
30. Luck, Andrew
31. McAfee, Pat
32. McNary, Josh
33. Mewhort, Jack
34. Moncrief, Donte
35. Muamba, Henoc
36. Newsome, Jonathan
37. Nicks, Hakeem
38. Nixon, Xavier
39. Overton, Matt
40. Purifoy, Loucheiz
41. Redding, Cory
42. Reitz, Joe
43. Richardson, Trent
44. Rogers, Da’Rick
45. Studebaker, Andy
46. Thornton, Hugh
47. Tipton, Zurlon
48. Toler, Greg
49. Vinatieri, Adam
50. Walden, Erik
51. Wayne, Reggie
52. Werner, Bjoern
53. Whalen, Griff

Watch for more changes at the bottom of the roster. There are some intriguing names out there, including Eagles leading preseason rusher Henry Josey, former Denver starting safety Duke Ihenacho, and a few veterans here and there. Stay tuned. There will likely be a few new names on this list by September 7.

Marcus Dugan

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