The Indianapolis Colts today waived cornerback Frankie Williams from the active roster, opening up a spot on the 53-man squad.
Williams was signed to the active roster last week after spending the first several weeks of the season on the practice squad, and he played in Sunday’s game against the Texans. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue after impressing in the Colts’ rookie mini-camp, and after a standout performance in preseason he made the team’s initial 53-man roster - only to be waived shortly thereafter as the team added more corners. He was quickly signed to the practice squad, however, and I fully expect him to wind up back on the practice squad soon if he clears waivers.
The decision to waive Williams could be a good sign for Patrick Robinson’s health, as the corner missed Sunday’s game with knee and hip injuries. Darius Butler has also been dealing with injuries and had surgery on his finger last week, but it’s definitely an injury he can play through and he did so on Sunday. So the fact that the Colts waived Williams today means that Robinson is probably close to returning.
As for the open spot on the roster, the Colts are likely gathering some more information on the injury situations before making a move. They very well could need to add depth at both tight end and wide receiver, as they suffered injuries at both positions on Sunday night. I’d guess that at the very least they’ll need to add a tight end, and a name to keep an eye on there is undrafted free agent Mike Miller, who has been on the practice squad all season.