The Indianapolis Colts made several roster moves today on their off day. They placed linebacker Mario Harvey and running back Daniel "Boom" Herron on injured reserve, promoted linebacker Daniel Adongo and offensive tackle Xavier Nixon to the active roster, and signed fullback Robert Hughes and defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton to the practice squad.
Boom Herron suffered a torn pec during Sunday's win over the Titans so him being placed on IR was expected, but Chuck Pagano made no mention of Mario Harvey during Monday's press conference and he didn't appear on the injury report before, either. He had played in all 12 games this season, and I'm not sure what his injury is. As soon as we find that out, we'll let you know.
The team also promoted Daniel Adongo and Xavier Nixon to the active roster from the practice squad. Nixon spent a brief time on the active roster earlier this season, but didn't play much. Adongo is the very interesting name on this list. If you don't know, Adongo was a South African rugby player who Colts general manager signed this offseason. Training camp was pretty much totally a learning experience for Adongo, as he had to learn about American football. We watched him closely in training camp, but he didn't do much. We expected as much, however, and thought he was going to spend the year on the practice squad continuing to learn before getting a shot next year in camp again. Well, it turns out that he was actually activated to the active roster this year - something I never would have guessed would happen, but something I'm excited about. I really don't expect him having a big role other than some special teams work, but at the same time I don't know how he has been doing in practice. It's safe to expect him having just a special teams role right now, though.
For a more detailed look at Adongo, his signing with the Colts, and his adjustment to American football, read this terrific piece from two months ago from the Monday Morning Quarterback's Robert Klemko. It's worth your time.
Lastly, the Colts signed Robert Hughes and Jeris Pendleton to their practice squad. Thanks to a confusingly worded press release, there was some confusion on whether Hughes was added to the active roster or to the practice squad, but the Colts updated roster lists Hughes on the practice squad. Hughes has spent time with the Colts on and off for the past two seasons, most recently at the beginning of October of this year. He played one game for the Colts this season, and that was when Stanley Havili was injured.
Pendleton was a seventh round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 draft out of Ashland University and played in four games for the Jaguars last year, making one tackle. He was released this offseason and then was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent the rest of the offseason before being released during preseason.