Mocking the Colts: And Then There Were 53 FINAL

Today the writers at CZ will be tracking the roster updates and posting them as they come in.  While most of the news won’t come out until close to the deadline some players will know their fate well in advance.  Already there are reports coming from numerous teams concerning players who are being cut.  So as to not clutter the front page, we will update this one post throughout the day.  The latest news will be listed at the top and be written in bold.

Confirmed Cuts:
QB Dan Orlovsky, QB Mike Hartline
RB Javarris James
WR Taj Smith, WR Marshall Williams, WR Chris Brooks, WR David Gilreath, WR Larrone Moore
TE Michael Matthews, TE Tyson DeVree
C Jake Kirkpatrick
G Kyle DeVan, G Jacques McClendon
OT Mike Tepper, OT Michael Toudouze
DT Tommie Harris, DT Ricardo Mathews, DT John Gill
DE John Chick
LB Kerry Neal, LB Chris Colasanti, LB Nate Triplett, LB Vuna Tuihalamaka
CB Brandon King
S Al Afalava, S Michael Hamlin
P Travis Baltz

Assumed Practice Squad: QB Mike Hartline, RB Chad Spann, DT Ollie Ogbu

*Blair White activated from the physically unable to perform list.

*Taj Smith was actually waived/injured. If he clears waivers he can remain with the team.

2:50 pm (EST) – Pair of updates.  Slight confirmation by a reliable source that RB Darren Evans has been retained on the active roster while 3rd string LB Kerry Neal has been released by his own admission.

Not concrete but been told Rb Darren Evans has made the 53 man.#colts

Kerry Neal
I got cut today by the colts. But my head is still high. Just got to grind harder and hope for the best.

2:42 pm (EST) – One of the oddest moves yet…  OG Kyle DeVan who has one the starting spot two years in a row has been cut following the release of OG Jacques McClendon.  This leaves the Colts without a backup OG, indicating the Colts are likely to bring someone back or poach someone from another roster.

Been told ol Kyle Devan has been cut.#colts

2:25 pm (EST) – Another interesting development.  Spann has been notified he will be with the Colts, but that he will be demoted to the PS following the finalization of a trade for a new player.

Been told #colts have Rb C Spann on 53 man but they will make a trade to add to the roster and Spann to PS.

2:05 pm (ET) – 2nd-year player OG Jacques McClendon seemed to indicate on his twitter account that he’s among the Colts that have been released:

 jmcc65Jacques McClendon
I really appreciate the Colts organization and all they have done for me. Class organization with class people and will always be successful

1:58 pm (EST) – QB Dan Orlovsky, TE Michael Matthews, DT Ricardo Mathews (now confirmed) and WR Taj Smith have all been cut by the Colts per Mike Chappell of the Indy Star.

1:09 pm (EST) – Punter Travis Baltz has been released, but his agent speculates the Colts may keep his number close at hand.

Adelqui Boué
Colts waive P Travis Baltz. May be back at future date…

1:26 pm (EST) – Javarris James, who lead the team last year with 6 rushing TDs, has been cut per league sources

Colts release Javarris James.

12:57 pm (EST) – Per various media outlets, Tommie Harris has been released.  (Our first semi-shocker – Greg Cowan)

 Adam Schefter
DT Tommie Harris released by Colts.

 12:09 PM (EST) – CLF standout John Chick has potentially been cut in the first round of roster trimmings.  He was on the PS all last year, and is still eligible.  With such a good preseason, look for him to be back once again.

Adam Caplan
Colts DE John Chick was informed he was waived, source said.

11:23 AM (EST) – A tweet from DT Ollie Ogbu indicates that he has likely been retained as the first member of the Colts practice squad.

Ollie Ogbu
1 of 8!!! #GODISGREAT