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According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Colts have released defensive lineman Montori Hughes, which comes as a surprise.

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So far, we've heard reports of a few Colts moves, but none of them have come as a surprise.  That might be changing, however.  According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Colts have cut defensive lineman Montori Hughes, which certainly would be a surprise to many.

With Arthur Jones likely to miss the season, it was expected that Hughes was going to have to step up and help fill in for him.  It is likely that Henry Anderson will start, but guys like Hughes and Zach Kerr were going to be expected to play significant roles.  Or so we thought.  Hughes was playing during the fourth quarter of Thursday night's preseason game, which certainly caught the eye of many, but it was still thought that, especially with Jones out, Hughes was sure to make the roster.

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This probably is a good sign for a guy like Earl Okine, as we've heard reports of both Kelcy Quarles and now Montori Hughes being cut.  If Jones is moved to injured reserve, it could mean that Earl Okine makes the team as the sixth defensive lineman.  We'll likely know soon enough.

The Colts traded up to draft Hughes in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, one that turned out to be very underwhelming for Ryan Grigson.  In two seasons with the Colts, Hughes has played in 16 games (one start) and recorded 17 tackles, a pass defensed, and a fumble recovery.  He saw significant playing time last year, appearing in 12 games and starting one as the Colts tried to fill in for the injured Arthur Jones.

To keep up with the latest from the Colts' moves, check out our stream tracking them all here.