At Sunday evening’s practice, too many Colts from the defensive side of the ball were still out of action due to the rash of injuries that has plagued the unit. Three cornerbacks, three linebackers, at least three safeties and seven – yep, you read that right – defensive linemen didn’t participate in practice. With sixteen players unable to take part in practice from one side of the ball, it makes planning a complete session that will benefit the team’s progress much more difficult for the Colts coaching staff.
So Indianapolis added a pair of familiar faces to the mix and picked up two others who were recently released by playoff-caliber AFC rivals.
Not long ago, ColtPower chronicled the bizarre situation that undrafted free agent linebacker Dale Robinson out of Arizona State experienced with the team. Sent home from Terre Haute the day the team reported to camp, Robinson was called back about a day later, evidently after the Colts learned that another rookie, TE Corey Roberts, was leaving camp. But before Robinson could get settled in again, the team signed third-round pick Freddie Keiaho, which apparently triggered a waiver transaction for Robinson.
Ironically, Keiaho’s recent knee injury could be part of the reason the Colts have dialed up Robinson’s number again. He’s back in Terre Haute at least while Keiaho rehabs his knee, which is expected to sideline him for one to three weeks. The Colts also have undrafted rookie Kyle Killion out for a while with a hamstring pull, so Robinson will now have the chance to display his abilities in live situations that could allow him to get off the roster bubble. While his frequent flyer miles may suffer, it would be well worth it if he can trade that off for some job security or at least extended training camp experience.
Another player back with the team is veteran defensive back Waine Bacon. Originally a sixth-round pick by the Falcons back in 2003, Bacon was released at the end of camp and was signed to the Buccaneers’ practice squad for about a week. After appearing in 11 games in 2004 for the Colts, he didn’t see any regular season action in 2005 with the team in a reserve role. Bacon signed on with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League at the end of May this year, but he was released about a week later.
The former University of Alabama standout has the versatility to play safety or cornerback and knows the Colts defense. At minimum, that’s going to help the team during this stretch of the summer with so many players at both positions sidelined.
The Colts also added two new players to the roster from AFC rivals. Former Broncos DE George Gause, who has also been on the Buffalo Bill’s roster, was signed along with former Patriots undrafted rookie Kader Drame. Watch for our feature article on those two players later today at ColtPower.