With Hugh Thornton now "week to week" with a knee sprain, that left the Colts with only 13 healthy offensive linemen on their 90-man roster for the preseason. That led to the team adding another guard this morning, as they signed Harland Gunn. To make room for Gunn on the roster, the Colts waived wide receiver L.T. Smith.
Gunn is a 6-2, 310 pound lineman who has played in 13 games over the past two years with the Atlanta Falcons, starting one of them. Collegiately, Gunn started 30 games at Miami, where he played at both guard spots. In his senior 2011 season, Gunn started all 12 games and didn't allow a single sack nor commit a single penalty all year. He was still undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, however, and the Dallas Cowboys signed him shortly after the draft. He was waived at the end of training camp, though the New Orleans Saints signed him to their practice squad. After 11 weeks with the Saints on their practice squad, the Atlanta Falcons signed Gunn to their active roster. He didn't play in a game during that 2012 season but saw action in three games in 2013, followed by him appearing in ten games with the Falcons last year (including one start). Most recently, he spent some time with the New England Patriots, though he was waived early in August.
L.T. Smith was signed just a few days ago by the Colts, as they signed him and waived receiver Tyler Rutenbeck. Smith played collegiately at Akron and was an undrafted free agent, but he really didn't get much of a chance with the Colts. That's because of Thornton's injury and the need the team had at offensive line much moreso than receiver. The move to sign Gunn, at the very least, gives the Colts added depth along the offensive line for the remaining three preseason games.