Scout.com's Ed Thompson breaks down the cuts on the offensive side of the ball for the World…
Colts Re-Sign 7 for Practice Squad, Claim RB
Birmingham, a former running back for the Arkansas Razorbacks, originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots in 2005, but was released in mid-July. He was signed by the Jets in August and competed for the returns specialist role, handling both kickoffs and punt returns, but was released a few weeks later.
In January of 2006, the 5-foot-9, 210-pound back signed with the 49ers and was designated for NFL Europa, but he was released in April. Earlier this year, Birmingham was signed by the Giants and was again designated for NFL Europa duty this past spring. He went into training camp with New York but was cut on August 22.
While playing for Arkansas, Birmingham finished his career fifth-highest all-time for total yardage with 3,610 all-purpose yards.
Defensive end Travis Leitko and wide receiver Aaron Brown were both waived by the Colts on August 28th when the team made their first cuts, so their inclusion is a bit of a surprise when surveying the group of names.
The other five players on the squad were in the Colts' final round of cuts made on Saturday. Wide receiver Trent Shelton had a terrific preseason that obviously caught the attention of the coaching staff. Josh Betts returns for his second season as the team's third quarterback.
The Colts will have a ninth player, defensive end Ben Ishola, also assigned to the practice squad as an international development practice squad player. Unlike the other eight, Ishola can't be activated to the team's roster this year due to his special designation. Members of the eight-man practice squad can be signed to the Colts active roster or the active roster of any NFL team throughout the season.
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