Colts' Goddard Out, McGann Waived

Johnathan Goddard (Getty)

The Colts cleared room on their roster for the new players they added earlier this week with two more moves -- one due to a season-ending injury and another where they waived a young quarterback ... again.

The Colts' preseason game with Seattle was even more costly than originally thought. While the Colts lost reserve running back and special teams player James Mungro for the season due to a torn ACL, they also revealed that defensive end Johnathan Goddard has been lost for the season as well. Goddard broke his foot during the game and won't return in 2006.

And once again, former Temple quarterback Mike McGann has been released by the team. A non-roster invitee to Indianapolis' rookie camp, McGann was signed by the Colts in late July. But they then released him less than two weeks later as they shuffled their roster due to injuries. McGann was brought back just a few days later, but now once again finds himself out of work as the Colts needed to make room for some defensive line help.

Situation to watch: With McGann's release, the Colts have just two fully healthy quarterbacks behind Peyton Manning heading into their game with the Saints. Since Manning is expected to see extensive playing time this week, Shaun King and rookie Josh Betts -- who hasn't had a snap yet in the preseason -- should be able to finish out the game with backup Jim Sorgi unlikely to be able to play. Sorgi aggravated the shoulder of his throwing arm against the Seahawks, but apparently received positive news after his MRI. Still, the ongoing problems with his shoulder has to be a growing source of concern for Indianapolis.

Unless the Colts are confident of Sorgi's return by the final week of the preseason, they could take a look at signing another young quarterback since Manning shouldn't see much action at all in the final matchup before the regular season. One possible candidate they could consider would be Erik Meyer, a rookie out of Eastern Washington who was just released by the Bengals.

Meyer was the Walter Payton Award winner last year, which is given to the nation's top Division I-AA player. A very intelligent pocket-passer, he also has good leadership skills on the field. Meyer simply needs some time to work on his throwing mechanics, primarily to become more of a deep-ball threat. He could be a real find for a team looking for a capable backup that doesn't need him to step in this year. He'd be a good candidate to compete with Betts for a spot on the Colts' practice squad.

Another possibility could come as a result of a move that's in progress in Dallas. Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells announced today that quarterback Drew Henson will not be on the team's roster in 2006. While the team hasn't officially released him yet, his locker has been cleaned out and he wasn't at practice today. The team may see if there is any trade interest for the third-year quarterback before releasing him.

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