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Colts sign Ben Heenan to the practice squad

The Indianapolis Colts today brought back guard Ben Heenan, who was injured in training camp, signing him to their practice squad. To make room for him, they released David Arkin from the practice squad.


The Indianapolis Colts made a practice squad move today, signing guard Ben Heenan and releasing guard David Arkin.

It's no surprise to see Heenan brought back, as he reportedly worked out for the team not too long ago.  The Colts signed the 6-4, 315 pound lineman out of the Canadian Football League this past offseason, but he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during training camp that required surgery.  As a result, the Colts waived him to clear up a roster spot, but both Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson said at the time they'd be interested in bringing him back once healthy.  A former first overall pick in the CFL Draft, Heenan played in 52 games for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (starting 49), playing primarily at guard but also a bit at tackle, showing versatility.  He's a player who certainly has some potential, so it makes a lot of sense for the Colts to bring him back and continue to work with him now that he's healthy.

Arkin played quite a bit with the Colts during training camp and preseason, but he has been released and signed to the practice squad several times this year already.  Heenan has more talent to work with, however, and is a more promising player, so it's no surprise to see the Colts swap Arkin out in favor of Heenan on the practice squad.  It's only a practice squad move, but it's one that bears keeping an eye on for the Colts.