After he suffered a concussion against the Denver Broncos in Week 15, the Indianapolis Colts have have placed tight end Brandon Williams on Injured Reserve. The Colts elevated safety Ronald Martin from the practice squad to take Williams’ spot.
During a block while the Colts were punting, Williams’ helmet struck his opponent’s helmet and Williams fell back to the ground. He was taken off of field on a backboard and was driven to the hospital in an ambulance. He wasn’t held too long and was back at team headquarters later on in the week with the rest of the team.
During the broadcast, Williams’ past with spinal stenosis was brought up. Whether or not that played a role is anyone’s guess.
Williams had a career year with the Colts this year as their second tight end. Prior to joining the Colts, from 2013-’16 he had 6 receptions (11 targets) for 80 yards while starting just 1-of-45 games. This year with the Colts, he started 10-of-14 games and caught 13-of-18 targets for 121 yards.
In Williams’ absence, the Colts will take a look at Ross Travis and Darrell Daniels behind Jack Doyle.
Martin (6-2, 200, 24) has bounced around a ton on between practice squads and the active rosters for the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and the Colts. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Seattle in 2015. In 11 career games, Martin has 2 tackles.
Aside from Martin, the Colts also have Clayton Geathers, Matthias Farley, Darius Butler, T.J. Green and Martin at safety.
The Colts’ practice squad is now as follows (they have nine players, leaving one spot open):
- QB Phillip Walker
- WR Dres Anderson
- WR Kolby Listenbee
- TE Mo Alie-Cox
- OT Andreas Knappe
- OG Isaiah Williams
- OLB Joshua Perry
- OLB Arthur Miley
- CB Denzel Rice