The Indianapolis Colts today made a minor roster move, as safety Andrew Williamson was waived-injured. If he clears waivers, he will revert to the team’s injured reserve list.
Williamson was injured during Sunday’s practice and had to be carted to the locker room, a sign that it wasn’t good injury news. Earlier today, head coach Chuck Pagano said that Williamson was still being evaluated and would undergo an MRI this afternoon for a knee injury, and so that MRI likely didn’t turn out as the Colts had hoped.
The Colts originally signed Williamson as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft concluded. He played collegiately at Vanderbilt, where he played in 47 games and started 19 of them, recording 135 tackles, six tackles for loss, a sack, eight passes defensed, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. He wasn’t likely to make the roster anyway, but it’s still a hit to the safety depth. Clayton Geathers is still out on the non-football injury list with a foot injury, while rookie safety T.J. Green still hasn’t returned to practice since suffering a calf strain on the first day. So now there’s another safety who is hurt, further hindering the depth at the position. No corresponding roster move has been announced yet, but you’ve got to figure the team is looking into bringing in other safeties - particularly with their first game looming on Sunday and them just needing bodies to be able to play then.