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According to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, the Colts worked out three lineman on Tuesday, including Barry Cofield.

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The Indianapolis Colts suffered a big loss due to an injury to defensive lineman Henry Anderson in their most recent game, and that leaves some added questions along their defensive line.  It is no surprise, then, that a couple of defensive linemen were among the players the team worked out on their off day on Tuesday.

NFL teams often work out players on the off day, whether due to actual interest or due to keeping their list of replacement options up to date.  This is definitely true of the Colts too, and most often the players worked out do not end up signing with the team (which is important to keep in mind).

With that said, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson has the list of players the Colts worked out on Tuesday: defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi, defensive lineman Barry Cofield, and offensive lineman John Wetzel.

Barry Cofield, a 6-4, 303 pound defensive lineman, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New York Giants out of Northwestern, and he spent the first five seasons of his career in New York before signing with the Washington Redskins in 2011.  He played in Washington for four seasons before he was cut in February of this year.  He has played in 135 career games (starting 129 of them) and has recorded 310 tackles, 19.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and 26 passes defensed.  He has played in all 16 games in seven of his nine seasons (in one other he played in 15 games), but in 2014 he played in only eight games and started just three for the Redskins.  The decision to release Cofield was in large part made because of money, as it didn't match up with his performance.

Christo Bilukidi, a 6-5, 310 pound defensive lineman, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Georgia State by the Oakland Raiders, where he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons.  He then signed with the Cincinnati Bengals midway through the 2013 season after being released by Oakland, and he stuck with Cincinnati through training camp and preseason in 2014 before being released.  Then in 2014, the Baltimore Ravens signed him, and they were impressed enough that they re-signed him this offseason.  They released him last month, however, and he hasn't been signed since.  He has played in 24 career games total (zero starts) and has recorded 16 tackles, one sack, and one pass defensed.

Lastly, John Wetzel, a 6-7, 328 pound offensive tackle, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in 2013 by the Oakland Raiders.  He was injured during training camp and preseason, however, and was waived-injured before reverting to the team's injured reserve.  He was then waived with an injury settlement.  Once healthy, he signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, and he was recently released from the practice squad earlier this month.

Again, keep in mind that just because the Colts worked a player out in no way means that a signing will happen, but it's at least worth noting the players who the Colts had in for a workout yesterday.