Colts release King, 3 former draft picks

Updated: September 3, 2006, 4:20 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Veteran quarterback Shaun King and three former draft picks -- defensive tackle Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns, defensive end Jonathan Welsh and defensive back Von Hutchins -- were among 25 players released by the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts were required to trim their roster from 75 to the NFL regular-season limit of 53 by Saturday afternoon but waited until Sunday to announce the cuts.

Indy also claimed two players -- defensive lineman Dan Klecko and running back De De Dorsey off waivers. Klecko was cut by New England after playing four seasons with the Patriots. Dorsey was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals.

King, who started his career in Tampa Bay with Colts Tony Dungy, took most of the preseason snaps for the Colts. But the team decided to keep only two quarterbacks on the roster -- two-time MVP Peyton Manning and backup Jim Sorgi, who did not play in the final two preseason games because of a sore shoulder.

Burns, a third-round draft pick in 2005, missed the first nine games last season with shoulder and knee injuries before being placed on injured reserve in November.

Welsh, a fifth-rounder in 2005, was expected to fit the mold of Robert Mathis as a speed rusher but played in only six games last year before being put on injured reserve with a knee injury. He was still slowed by the injury throughout training camp.

Hutchins, a sixth-round pick in 2004, was battling three new draft picks to keep his backup job in the secondary.

Among the other cuts was backup kicker Shane Andrus, perhaps an indication that the Colts expect Adam Vinatieri to be healthy enough to play in the season-opener Sept. 10 against the New York Giants.

Vinatieri has not practiced or played since injuring his foot while running in practice Aug. 14. The Colts announced Friday that Vinatieri has a sprained ligament and a bone chip in his nonkicking foot.

Three other veterans -- safety Dexter Reid, wide receiver Marc Boerigter and running back Jonathan Wells -- had their contracts terminated. Reid played with the Colts last season after playing his rookie season with New England.

Others released were defensive backs Waine Bacon and Tanard Davis; defensive linemen George Gause, Trevor Hutton, Tom Johnson and Marcus West; linebackers Nick Hannah, Brandon Hoyte and Dale Robinson; offensive linemen Bo Lacy, Russ Tanner and Matt Ulrich; quarterback Josh Betts; running back Tony Hollings; wide receiver Ed Hinkel; tight end Joey Hawkins and punter Reggie Hodges.

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