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Report: Colts to release defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Colts will release defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles.

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The Colts have kept very quiet when it comes to the second round of roster cuts so far, with the only move made so far being a trade for Sio Moore.  We will know all of the cuts soon enough, as they are due by 4:00 p.m. ET this afternoon, but according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, we know one player who the Colts will release: defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles.

Quarles was a talented player during his collegiate career at South Carolina but went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.  The New York Giants signed him initially as an undrafted free agent but was released during final roster cutdowns.  The New England Patriots then claimed him off of waivers, but then released him a few days later only to sign him to their practice squad.  The Colts then signed him shortly after that to their active roster, where he stayed for a few months before being waived - and then signed to the Colts' practice squad.  The Colts signed him to a reserve/futures contract after the season, one in which he played in two games and notched a tackle and a pass defensed.


He did some good things in camp and preseason this year, showing potential as a depth defensive lineman, but he was still buried behind others on the depth chart who also impressed and stood out more - guys like the Stanford rookies (Henry Anderson and David Parry) and Earl Okine.  We don't know how many defensive linemen will make the roster for the Colts, but it appeared all along that Quarles would be left out of the picture - and, according to Ian Rapoport, that is indeed the case.

UPDATE: Nothing official yet, but Quarles seems to have confirmed the news via his twitter account:

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