The Indianapolis Colts will be without key pieces in their linebacking and defensive line groups.
The Colts announced Tuesday afternoon that the team placed defensive tackle Al Woods and linebacker Skai Moore on Injured Reserve. The team also signed linebacker Tegray Scales and safety J.J. Wilcox.
Moore was a promising prospect coming out of South Carolina, tallying 353 tackles (213 solo), 20.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 20 passes defensed, 14 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. The Colts signed Moore to a free agent deal after he went undrafted. Moore appeared in nine games — including one start — and put together four solo tackles.
Woods, on the other hand, is a big loss in terms of depth to a group that has battled injuries throughout the season. Up until this point, Woods had appeared in all 14 games, making eight starts during that span.
Scales is a name some Colts fans should be familiar with. Scales finished as one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten, appearing in 48 games (26 starts) for the Indiana Hoosiers and compiling 325 tackles (218 solo), 46.0 tackles for loss, 18.0 sacks, eight interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 16 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.