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September 1, 2013

Indianapolis trims roster to 53 players

Colts keep only two QBs, Harnish among the cuts.

INDIANAPOLIS — Cut down day hit hard for 22 Indianapolis Colts players Saturday afternoon. Nineteen were waived and three were waived-injured. Another player was waived outright from the injured-reserve list a day earlier.

The Colts announced the majority of their roster moves around 5 p.m. Saturday, allowing the team to meet the National Football League’s mandated regular season roster size. NFL rosters had to be trimmed from 75 to 53 by 6 p.m.

Indianapolis waived outside linebacker Daniel Adongo, safety Larry Asante, center Thomas Austin, cornerback Marshay Green, defensive end Lawrence Guy, quarterback Chandler Harnish, fullback Robert Hughes, offensive tackle Ben Ijalana, tight end/H-Back Dominique Jones, wide receiver Jeremy Kelley, inside linebacker Josh McNary, and defensive tackle Drake Nevis.

Also, cornerback Sheldon Price, wide receiver Jabin Sambrano, wide receiver Lanear Sampson, outside linebacker Monte Simmons, offensive tackle Bradley Sowell, nose tackle Martin Tevaseu and offensive tackle Lee Ziemba.

Several of those players waived might return to the Colts’ eight-man practice squad, which is expected to be announced sometime today. Adongo, Harnish, Ijalana, McNary, Sowell and Jones could be in that group.

With Harnish waived, Indianapolis will begin the regular-season with only two quarterbacks on the roster — starter Andrew Luck and veteran Matt Hasselbeck as his primary backup.

Waived-injured Saturday were offensive tackle Emmett Cleary, inside linebacker Shawn Loiseau and cornerback Daxton Swanson. Cornerback Teddy Williams was waived from with an injury settlement on Friday.

If Cleary, Loiseau and Swanson clear waivers, they will revert to Indianapolis’ injured reserve list.

GOOD NEWS FOR OTHERS

Outside linebacker Caesar Rayford, the Colts’ 27-year old rookie, made the final cut. So did safety Delono Howell, wide receiver Griff Whalen and rookie running back Kerwynn Williams.

Rayford, though, gets the most attention after a very productive training camp and pre-season. He recorded five sacks through the first three pre-season games. After bouncing around the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League the last several years, the 6-foot-7, 267-pound linebacker appears to have found himself a home with the Colts’ defense.

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