The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Darryl Morris and placed cornerback Frankie Williams on the non-football injury list.
Morris will be a familiar name to Colts fans, as he played in the first six games with the team this year. Morris was signed by the Colts as a free agent shortly before the regular season started and saw action in the first six games, even starting one of them, and recorded 15 tackles, a pass defensed, and a special teams tackle. The team waived him on October 19 this year and he didn’t sign anywhere, but now he’s back to add depth to the secondary. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013, Morris has spent time with the 49ers, Texans, Jets, and Colts in his career, playing in 42 games total (starting two) and notching 54 tackles, seven passes defensed, an interception, and a special teams tackle.
The signing of Morris adds another body to the cornerback position, behind Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, Rashaan Melvin, Darius Butler, and Christopher Milton. Morris will likely be the fifth cornerback of that group, and come Thursday he could be even higher on the depth chart depending on the status of Davis (who missed practice on Monday and Tuesday) and Butler (who could see time at safety if Clayton Geathers is indeed out).
The corresponding roster move the team made was to place Frankie Williams on the non-football injury list. It is unclear what that injury is, but it caused him to miss practice on Tuesday. The only information we have is that it happened away from the team, as that’s what the NFI list is for. Other than that, however, we don’t know what happened. He played in three games for the Colts this year and made one tackle, and when he wasn’t on the active roster he was on the practice squad. He impressed enough in rookie mini-camp this offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue that he earned a spot on the 90-man roster, and he then impressed in training camp and preseason as well.
Also, catching up on a bit of news from earlier this week, the Colts signed guard Adam Redmond to their practice squad on Monday.