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Colts sign Stephen Morris to practice squad

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The Indianapolis Colts today made a practice squad move that pretty much everyone saw coming, as they signed quarterback Stephen Morris to the practice squad and released defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles.

The Colts waived Morris from their 53-man roster yesterday, a sure sign that Andrew Luck should be good to go on Monday night. Morris was promoted to the active roster last week with Luck in the concussion protocol, and he served as the backup for Scott Tolzien last Thursday night. He spent some time last year on the Colts’ 53-man roster near the end of the year, and then was impressive enough in preseason and training camp with the team this year that they actually kept him on the 53-man roster for a few days after final roster cuts before waiving him. They quickly signed him to their practice squad, and he spent the first eleven weeks of the season there. The team obviously wants to keep him around as their third quarterback, as on the practice squad he can still practice with the team and work with them. And in the event they need a replacement for either of the quarterback spots on the 53 man, they could promote Morris. So as long as he cleared waivers, it was expected all along that he’d be back on the practice squad.

In order to make room for him on the ten-man squad, the team cut Kelcy Quarles. He spent time with the Colts last year on both the active roster and practice squad, was with the team in training camp and preseason, and has had a couple of stints on the practice squad this year.