In order to make room for Johnson on the regular-season roster, rookie right end Justice Cunningham was waived Monday afternoon. Cunningham was one of two seventh-round draft picks by Indianapolis last spring.
The other seventh-round selection, rookie running back Kerwynn Williams, was signed to the practice squad Monday afternoon. Williams had been waived on Sunday.
In addition to Monday’s trade, the Colts signed rookie wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers to the practice squad and waived wide receiver Nathan Palmer from injured reserve with an injury settlement.
Rogers (6-3, 205) was first signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent before being waived on August 26. In three collegiate seasons (two at the University of Tennessee and one at Tennessee Tech), he posted 139 receptions for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns in 36 games played.
Rogers had off-field issues at Tennessee.
“We’re giving him an opportunity just like anybody else. So the ball’s in his court. He understands that. Even though I’ve only known him for a short period of time, we’ve had a conversation about that. He understands what the situation is,” the Colts coach said.
“Again, the ball’s in his court. He’s a big, fast, talented guy. But we all know talent will only take you so far. He’s got an opportunity, so hopefully he takes advantage of it.”
Pagano offered some injury updates heading into Sunday’s regular-season opener with the Oakland Raiders (1 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium).
“[Offensive tackle] Anthony Castonzo is supposed to be ready and rolling by Thursday. Should have him out there by Thursday and should make the game. [Inside linebacker] Kavell [Conner] is better than he was. He came in and we initially thought it might be a week or so, but he looked really good [Monday],” the Colts coach said.