The Indianapolis Colts today worked out a familiar face: inside linebacker Nate Irving. That’s according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, who reports that the Colts also worked out defensive tackle Jordan Hill and linebacker Danny Lansanah.
Irving was signed by the Colts last year as a free agent, but his 2015 season was hampered by some injuries. When the Colts let Jerrell Freeman walk in free agency this offseason, they did so in part because of confidence in Nate Irving and Sio Moore to be able to fill the role. The two battled for the starting spot in the offseason and in camp until Moore got hurt, after which Irving became the starter. In a shocking move, however, the Colts cut Irving during final roster cuts. Moore returned to the field and started the first four games before he was then cut too. Then Josh McNary and Antonio Morrison saw increased reps, but as both of them struggled the team then turned to Edwin Jackson, who made his first career start last Sunday.
The linebackers have been the biggest area of weakness for the Colts this year, so it makes sense for them to look for help. It’s very interesting that they brought Irving in for a workout in particular, as they likely wanted to see what kind of shape he’s in. If he’s healthy and in good shape, he could certainly help what has been a really week inside linebacker position. He wouldn’t be the answer - remember, there were still plenty of concerns about the position even with Irving on the roster - but it would be better than what they have. It’s important to remember that workouts happen all of the time and often nothing comes of them, but it’s very interesting that the Colts brought Irving back in for a workout.