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Colts sign punter Michael Palardy

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The Indianapolis Colts this morning signed punter Michael Palardy to their 90-man roster.

It’s strange timing to add a punter with training camp almost over, but at the same time there are still five preseason games remaining. That’s very likely the reasoning behind adding another punter: to take some of the workload off of Pat McAfee and Adam Vinatieri this preseason.

Palardy originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2014, and he spent part of the 2014 season on Oakland’s practice squad. He spent the 2015 offseason with the St. Louis Rams, and then spent this offseason with the Carolina Panthers and later the Baltimore Ravens - who ultimately waived him on August 3. Collegiately, he played in 46 games at the University of Tennessee and was both the kicker and the punter. In his career, he hit 37-of-50 field goals (74%) and punted 117 times for an average of 42.9 yards per punt.