With both Josh Chapman and Fili Moala placed on the injured reserve list recently, the Colts are in desperate need of defensive line help. Thus, today they reportedly signed former Rams and Bills defensive tackle Kellen Heard.
Heard is a 6'6, 340 lbs monster who played his college ball at Memphis. He went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, but was signed by the Bills that year. His best season was in 2011, when he played in 15 games for Buffalo, starting in two. He earned 21 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble.
Heard was claimed by the Rams this season after Buffalo waived him to get their roster under 53 players back in early September. Heard saw action in 8 games with the Rams before being released, and the reasons for his release in St. Louis were just a tad mysterious.
Here's Turf Show Times' Ryan Van Bibber with the details at the time Heard was sent packing back in mid-November:
Defensive tacklewas released outright, all for something that happened on the road in San Francisco.
What exactly the players did is the subject of much whispering. There were reports that it was a curfew violation and others saying that it was more serious. Whatever they did, it was enough to get one cut and two starters bumped down the depth chart.
Now, Heard is a Colt, likely to see time at nose tackle.
The Colts still have one open roster spot as of this writing.