Colts release Joe Lefeged

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts made a roster move late Thursday evening when they released safety Joe Lefeged. The team did not give a reason behind the release.

Lefeged, one of the Colts’ top special teams players, didn’t practice Thursday and the team listed it as “Not Injury Related” on its injury report.

Releasing Lefeged could mean that the Colts are ready to move receiver LaVon Brazill onto the active roster. Brazill was suspended the first four games of the season for failing the league’s substance abuse policy. The Colts have a one-week roster exemption with Brazill.

The timing of Lefeged’s release is intriguing because there’s a chance that safety LaRon Landry could miss his third straight game with an ankle injury. Landry hasn’t practiced in more than two weeks. Delano Howell has started in Landry’s absence, but he left the field momentarily during the Sept. 29 game at Jacksonville. Lefeged stepped in for Howell during that time.

Howell was back at practice Thursday after wearing a walking boot for a toe injury earlier in the week.

Landry, Howell, Antoine Bethea and Sergio Brown are currently the only safeties on the active roster.

Lefeged was arrested in Washington, D.C., in June and charged with carrying a licensed pistol outside the home, which is a felony.

He ends his Colts' career appearing in 36 games, including five starts, and 56 tackles.