Earlier this week, ColtPower broke the news that rookie kicker Shane Andrus was heading back to the Colts training camp just a day after being released from the team. Adam Vinatieri sprained the ankle on his plant foot, so the team brought Andrus back in on a tryout basis, working out for team officials when practice was completed. The team made Andrus' addition to the roster official heading into the weekend. He'll handle all kickoff and field goal attempts against Seattle tonight.
Late in the week the Colts also took a look at punter Reggie Hodges and signed him for this weekend's game. Hunter Smith has a slight groin injury that is limiting his action. Hodges, a Ball State graduate who was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Rams in 2005, played in five games for the Rams and three games for the Eagles last year. He was back in their training camp this year until he was waived on August 8th. Hodges punted 41 times and posted a 37.4 yards per punt average (32.2 net).
The Colts also waived two players heading into the weekend, although at least one is likely to stay with the team.
Safety Chris Laskowski, who had offseason sports hernia surgery, was waived/injured. Laskowski had torn some scar tissue from the repaired injury, which is a natural -- albeit painful -- part of the rehab process that helps the player regain his flexibility in that area as it heals. A week ago he told ColtPower that after a few painful days, he felt great and would be back on the practice field. While he did start practicing again, he was limited as the week progressed. The Colts reportedly plan to put him on injured reserve if he clears waivers, which will end his season but will keep him with the team heading into the '07 season.
The other player waived by the Colts was recent addition Jahmile Addae. He was waived with the status of non-football illness and his return to the team -- at least in the near future -- appears unlikely. The former defensive back out of West Virginia became lightheaded during a recent Colts practice and was examined by specialists after being taken to a hospital. He didn't return to workouts at training camp after the incident.