Gill's Season Finished
John Gill (AP Photo)
John Gill (AP Photo)
The Sports Xchange
Posted Aug 11, 2010
Howard Balzer

The 2010 season ended for Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle John Gill Tuesday when the team placed him on reserve/non-football illness two days after he was found intoxicated and passed out in a ditch at about 4 a.m. on the city's west side.

According to police, Gill was unable to stand and was arrested for public intoxication, a charge that was later dropped. A police spokesperson said Gill was involved in a similar incident on Sept. 15, 2009.

Prior to Tuesday’s move, Colts president Bill Polian said, "He's got a problem clearly that unfortunately many Americans are familiar with, either in their family or the workplace. So, the No. 1 priority for him is to get treatment and we're in that process right now.

"Football is not a priority. It's not even a consideration. He's going into treatment as quickly as possible. That’s being arranged with the appropriate people at the league level and we’ll move on from there. We hope obviously for John's sake and his family's sake that everything in the end will work out, but his focus now needs to be treatment and getting himself squared away."

From Northwestern, the 6-3, 302-pound Gill entered the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions. He was released Aug. 14 and signed three days later by the Colts.

After being waived by the Colts Sept. 5 in the cutdown to 53 players, Gill was signed to the practice squad where he spent most of the season until being added to the active roster on Dec. 26. He played the final two games of the regular season and had five tackles in a Dec. 27 game against the Jets.

Said Polian, “We had hoped this would be a good year for him, but it hasn’t turned out that way.”

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