The Indianapolis Colts announced a roster move today, as they signed undrafted free agent inside linebacker Nicklas Haag. To make room on the roster for Haag, the team waived-injured outside linebacker Cody Galea, who was injured during Sunday's preseason opener - which, according to Colts.com's Kevin Bowen, was a hamstring injury. If Galea clears waivers, he will revert to the team's injured reserve.
Haag is a 6-2, 250 pond linebacker who spent the last two years playing in the Indoor Football League with the Cedar Rapids Titans. He played in all 13 games in 2015 and recorded 94 tackles (leading the team), 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, and two passes defensed. During his two seasons with the Titans, he played in 22 games, recording 140 tackles (14 for loss), six sacks, two passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Before that, he played collegiately at Assumption College after transferring from the University of Massachusetts following the 2008 and 2009 seasons. At Assumption, he played in 31 games over three seasons, recording 118 tackles (27 for loss), 13 sacks, six passes defensed, and three forced fumbles. He was a captain during his senior season in 2012 and he was also named an All-Northeast-10 recipient twice.
Galea was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State back in May shortly after the draft ended. he participated in the offseason workouts and training camp with the Colts, but unfortunately was injured in the team's first preseason game. If he clears waivers (which should happen), he will revert to the Colts' injured reserve list, putting him out for the season.
This move gives the Colts a bit more depth at inside linebacker by adding Haag, but he's a long shot to make the roster. He's missed all of training camp and is a bit behind the others, and the Colts have intriguing guys like Amarlo Herrera and Henoc Muamba fighting for a roster spot at the position anyway. This move appears to be primarily a depth move for the preseason.