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Colts sign Amarlo Herrera to the practice squad

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The Indianapolis Colts have signed rookie inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera to the practice squad, and to make room they waived guard David Arkin.

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Every year, there are NFL players who initially make a 53-man roster only to be waived the following day to make room for a waiver claim.  That happened to Colts inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera this year, as he survived the final round of roster cuts on Saturday but was waived on Sunday to make room for one of the Colts' newcomers.  Herrera cleared waivers and was signed to the Colts' practice squad today.  To make room for Herrera on the ten-man practice squad, guard David Arkin was waived.

Herrera was drafted by the Colts in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Georgia, where he played in 54 career games and had a very productive career.  The Colts liked what they saw from the linebacker in college, and that translated to an impressive preseason.  Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky mentioned in camp how he could trust Herrera with the defensive calls already, which was high praise for a rookie in his first training camp.  He did a pretty good job in preseason as well, doing enough to make the initial 53-man roster.  When he was waived on Sunday, it was clear that he was a perfect practice squad candidate, and the Colts signed him today.

Arkin spent much of last season on the Colts' practice squad, though he was signed to the active roster before the playoffs and played in all three postseason games.  He played with the second team offensive line in training camp and preseason, but he was waived as a part of the final roster cuts - his spot being essentially taken by newcomer Robert Myers.