The Indianapolis Colts made a number of roster moves this afternoon, highlighted by sending three players to injured reserve. Safety Clayton Geathers, outside linebacker Curt Maggitt, and guard Jack Mewhort have all been placed on season-ending IR.
To fill two of those spots, the Colts signed free agent safety Duke Williams and promoted wide receiver Devin Street from the practice squad to the active roster. They still have one roster spot available.
Mewhort was injured in Sunday’s game on Frank Gore’s touchdown reception, and he had to be helped off the field and straight to the locker room as he appeared to be in quite a bit of pain. He was quickly ruled out, which wasn’t a good sign. Maggitt also suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s game as well. Geathers had missed the last three games with injuries, as he missed the game against the Steelers due to a concussion and then missed the past two with a neck injury. He was listed as week-to-week by the Colts, so it seemed like a longer injury, meaning that it’s not a big surprise to see him placed on IR with just a few weeks to go.
The guys placed on IR are significant, however, particularly Geathers and Mewhort. Mewhort started ten games this year at left guard and played well, so now the Colts will have to do even more shuffling up front than they’ve already had to do - which definitely isn’t a good thing. Geathers started nine games and recorded 59 tackles, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble, proving to be a good player for Indianapolis and stepping up in his first year as a starter, spending time as a hybrid safety/linebacker.
As for the guys the Colts signed, Williams is definitely the most interesting one, as he has played in 57 NFL games (starting ten) and has recorded 77 tackles, a sack, an interception, five passes defensed, a forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries in his career. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2013 draft and spent time with the Bills until he was waived a month ago. This year, he played in nine games (starting two) and recorded four tackles and a pass defensed.
Devin Street is a familiar face, as he played in three games for the Colts this year and has been on the practice squad for the past several few since then. With the Colts, he’s caught one pass for 20 yards. In his career with the Cowboys (2014-2015) and Colts (2016), he has played in 34 games (starting two) and has caught ten passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. He spent time on the Patriots’ practice squad this year before the Colts signed him to their active roster. The promotion of street to the active roster might say something about Donte Moncrief’s hamstring injury, as though it obviously isn’t serious enough to warrant IR at this point, we don’t know anything beyond that.