Players for the 2013 Indianapolis Colts get the Sunday before Labor Day off to rest up and prepare for the long grind that is the regular season.
General manager Ryan Grigson isn't afforded such rest.
At noon on Sunday, NFL teams can begin to claim players waived in the wake of the roster purges on Saturday. All 32 NFL clubs were required to trim their rosters from 75 players to 53 by 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. The biggest surprise cut for the Colts was defensive tackle Drake Nevis.
Yes, someone will put a claim in for Nevis, and rightly so. When healthy, he's a fine DT.
The Colts can also begin to formulate their eight-man practice squad after noon eastern time on Sunday. A name that might appear there is quarterback Chandler Harnish, who was released Saturday.
As for the Colts active roster, the sense is that Grigson will need to shore up the offensive tackle position before the preparation for Week One against the Raiders begins. Indy has only three tackles listed on their official roster, with one of them being injured left tackle Anthony Castonzo.
Castonzo is still recovering from an MCL sprain he suffered in the team's third preseason games this year. Joe Reitz stepped in and played left tackle in Castonzo's place, and, in our judgement after watching the tape of the game, he was pretty close to terrible. The Colts have Reitz listed as a guard now.
If Indy were to claim a tackle, Reitz would be the logical player to cut in order to make room. The Colts also have five safeties on their current roster.