Center A.Q. Shipley claimed off waivers

He returns, center Thomas Austin cut

The Colts needed to shore up the center position with two players hurt, so they brought back a guy who played in 14 games, including five stars, for Indianapolis in 2012.

The Indianapolis Colts’ only tweak to the 53-man roster Sunday was to claim center A.Q. Shipley, who is coming back to where he played in 2012.

The position is a foremost concern. First-year starter Khaled Holmes hasn’t practiced since spraining an ankle in the preseason opener on Aug. 7 and backup Jonotthan Harrison hurt a thumb eight days ago. The Colts had rookie guard Jack Mewhort snap for a quarter in the team’s preseason finale Thursday.

Center Thomas Austin was waived to make room for Shipley, who was traded by the Colts to Baltimore after appearing in 14 games, five of them starts. The deal came as a surprise, considering the center at the time, Samson Satele, had underachieved. Satele was released with a year left on his contract last offseason.

Shipley played in all 16 games for the Ravens, including nine starts, last season. He was originally a seventh-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2009. He played his college ball at Penn State.

While a familiar face returns, another is leaving. Hoosier quarterback Chandler Harnish, who had toiled for much of two seasons on the practice squad, was not re-signed. Quarterback Jeff Mathews, cut Saturday by Atlanta, agreed to terms to join the squad.

The other nine players signed to the squad were with the Colts in training camp: offensive tackle/defensive end Tyler Hoover, inside linebacker Andrew Jackson, wide receiver Ryan Lankford, wide receiver Josh Lenz, safety Dewey McDonald, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu, cornerback Sheldon Price, tight end Erik Swoope and offensive guard Josh Walker.

Jackson, drafted in the sixth round in May, has been hampered by injuries during training camp. Hoover, a defensive end at Michigan State, played offensive tackle in the team’s preseason finale. It was the first time he had played offense since high school.

The Colts open the regular season at Denver next Sunday night.

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