A week ago the Indianapolis Colts made a number of roster moves, as in wake of their rookie mini-camp ending they signed five tryout players, and thus had to make five cuts to correspond to those moves.
Among the cuts was cornerback Frankie Williams, who was waived with a failed physical designation and who reverted to the team’s reserve/physically unable to play list after clearing waivers. Today, the Colts waived Williams from the reserve/PUP list with an injury settlement.
When a player is waived with an injury settlement, a team and the player agree on approximately how long it will take for the player to recover from the injury and the team then pays him for that period of time. Whenever he’s healthy, however, Williams will be free to sign with a team.
It’s unclear what injury he’s dealing with, but last November he was placed on the non-football injury list, ending his season. The only info we got about the injury came from the fact that he was placed on the NFI list, meaning that the injury happened away from the team. I would assume that it’s the same injury that led to Williams failing his physical recently and getting waived by the Colts.
Williams played collegiately at Purdue and was invited to Colts rookie mini-camp last year on a tryout basis, but he impressed enough that he was signed to the 90-man roster soon thereafter. Williams spent time on both the practice squad and active roster with the Colts before being placed on the NFI list in November, and in total he played in three games and recorded one tackle.