ColtPower has learned that wide receiver Roscoe Crosby has been released by the Indianapolis Colts.
Picked up by the team following last year's supplemental draft, Crosby was released prior to the start of the regular season. But he was eventually re-signed and added to the practice squad.
After initially being designated for NFL Europe duty earlier this year, Crosby and team officials agreed to keep him in Indianapolis instead. But today, his on-again, off-again relationship with the team ended.
Crosby was one of a number of young players who had the potential to compete for the returns specialist positions. But they lacked a veteran presence, especially at the punt returner spot with the departure of Troy Walters to the Arizona Cardinals. So the Colts used the vacated spot to sign familiar veteran wide receiver and returns specialist Terrence Wilkins. The former Colt was last in the NFL during the Miami Dolphins 2004 training camp. Last year he returned punts and kickoffs for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL.
Wilkins is likely going to help bring some experience and tutoring ability to a group of young players who are trying to land the punt and/or kickoff returns specialist role in Indianapolis this season. That group includes Dan Sheldon, who was on the Cardinals practice squad last season. Three rookies are also going to try to stake a claim to those jobs, including 7th-round draft pick T.J. Rushing out of Stanford, Gerran Walker out of Lehigh University, and Ashlan Davis out of Tulsa.