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Schwenke Activated; Colts Sign ILB, Waive-injure Mitchel

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The Colts kicked Wednesday off with a trio of roster moves.

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The Indianapolis Colts have finally activated offseason addition Brian Schwenke from the Physically Unable to Perform List to the active roster. The team also announced the signing of free agent inside linebacker Darnell Sankey and the waiving of cornerback Tevin Mitchel with an injury designation.

Schwenke was signed this offseason to replace center/guard Jonotthan Harrison and to backup starting center Ryan Kelly. While Schwenke practiced this spring, he spent the entirety of training camp on PUP. With Kelly out for the next one and a half to two months following foot surgery, Schwenke’s return couldn’t come at a better time.

In four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Schwenke started 28-of-41 games. According to The Washing Post, he had just 4 penalties and allowed 5.0 sacks in that time.

Sankey (6-2, 250, 22) was an undrafted free agent pickup by the Denver Broncos in 2016 before being waived. He then bounced around the AFC West on the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs practice squads. He ultimately landed with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason before being waived on August 20.

In 43 games at FCS’ Sacramento State, Sankey had 330 tackles (27.5 for loss), 12.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 9 pass breakups. He was a decorated senior in 2015, as his 153 tackles were second in the FCS and first in the Big Sky Conference.

The Colts have dealt with plenty of injuries to the entire inside linebacker group this summer. Sean Spence, in particular, has missed a lot of practice lately and did not play in last Saturday’s preseason matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

If Mitchel clears waivers, he will revert to the team’s Injured Reserve List. It would be the third year in a row that his season has turned to IR before the regular season even began. He performed well in training camp in 2016 and this year but struggled during preseason games.

On Monday, the Colts signed veteran corners Corey White and Chris Culliver and placed Darryl Morris on IR. With Mitchel now being waived-injured, it explains the pair of corners signed.