The Indianapolis Colts cut two players on Tuesday, trimming their roster to 74, one below the NFL-mandated limit. Here’s a closer look at the first cuts:
Most significant move: The Colts didn’t have any surprises during this first round of cuts. They are dealing with too many injuries, some to key players, for them to cut any players who could help them. The players the Colts have cut in recent days had a minimal impact in training camp and in the first three preseason games.
Even more roster trimming: The Colts, like the 31 other teams in the NFL, had to get their roster down to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. But they trimmed their roster to 74 when they placed safety Dezmen Southward on the injured reserve list, which means he's out for the entire season. It won’t be surprising if the Colts use that extra roster spot to add another player to evaluate before having to get down to 53 players by Saturday evening.
Thinning out at running back: The release of Chase Price and Trey Williams means the Colts have narrowed their list of players competing for the backup RB spot behind Frank Gore; that list is down to Robert Turbin, Jordan Todman, Josh Ferguson and Stevan Ridley. The Colts signed Ridley earlier this week. They’ll likely keep at least three running backs on the roster. Being an effective special-teams player will likely play a part in which players the Colts keep.
Players cut by the Colts since Sunday: WR Justin Berger, S Alden Darby, OL Eric Herman, DT Ricky Lumpkin, TE Mike Miller, RB Chase Price, CB Winston Rose, DL Delvon Simmons, WR Josh Stangby, LB Junior Sylvestre, TE Konrad Reuland, WR Daniel Anthrop, DL Keith Lumpkin, LB Anthony Sarao, CB Darius White and RB Trey Williams.