As we await official confirmation from the Indianapolis Colts on their final round of roster cuts, reports of some of their moves are trickling in.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Colts are cutting defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles.
This will be the second year in a row that the Colts have cut Quarles as a part of their final roster cuts. He began his career as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 2014 out of South Carolina, but he was waived at the end of the preseason. He was claimed by the New England Patriots but waived just days later. He stuck around on the Patriots’ practice squad until the Colts signed him to their active roster in September. He spent some time on the active roster and practice squad with the Colts that year, and then stuck around with the team through the 2015 offseason before he was cut during final roster cuts. He was on the practice squad with the Browns, Patriots, and Colts last year, and the Colts ended up signing him to the active roster right near the end of the season.
The Colts are very deep along the defensive line, so it’s not a surprise that Quarles wasn’t able to win a roster spot. With Kendall Langford, Henry Anderson, David Parry, Zach Kerr, T.Y. McGill, and Hassan Ridgeway, the team has a pretty good group up front on defense. The question, of course, is health. Will Langford and/or Anderson be back for week one? If the expectation is no, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team keep an extra defensive lineman, but it sounds like if that’s the case it will be Sterling Bailey (or a free agent) instead of Kelcy Quarles.