Colts release former starter Kelvin Sheppard

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have started the process of getting down to 53 players.

The Colts released linebacker Kelvin Sheppard on Saturday afternoon. Sheppard replaced Pat Angerer in the starting lineup last season, but he became expandable with the addition of veteran D'Qwell Jackson in the offseason and the hope that the Colts have for linebackers Josh McNary and Henoc Muamba.

It also didn’t help Sheppard that the Colts have to stay flexible with their roster because of the number of injuries they’re dealing with on the offensive line.

The Colts acquired Sheppard from Buffalo for defensive end Jerry Hughes in 2013.

Sheppard, who started seven games, finished with 46 tackles and a sack in his lone season in Indianapolis.