The Indianapolis Colts today made plenty of moves to cut their roster down to 53 players, and the final move has just taken place.
As of 4:00 p.m. ET today, suspended players begin serving their NFL-mandated suspension and are moved to the reserve/suspended list. For the Colts, that includes defensive lineman Art Jones, who will now be away from the team for the first four weeks of the season after being suspended for PED use.
Jones will be able to return to the team on Monday, October 3, after the team returns home from London. By that point, the Colts will have played the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
It’s currently unknown what Jones’s role will be upon his return, or even whether the Colts will decide to keep him around. By that time, Kendall Langford and Henry Anderson should both be very much back in the mix, while David Parry, Zach Kerr, T.Y. McGill, and Hassan Ridgeway are also on the roster. In some regards, the Jones suspension could help the Colts, as it gives them longer to make a decision on Jones. For example, if Kerr, McGill, and Ridgeway prove themselves to be very good depth along the defensive line during the first four weeks, it’s less important to bring Jones back. He didn’t really get many reps in training camp or preseason as he worked his way back from injury, so it would have made for a very interesting decision. Now, the Colts will have four weeks to see how things go before having to make that call.