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Breaking down the Colts’ 53-man roster with GM Chris Ballard – The Athletic
Ballard discusses why John Simon was cut and how the Colts need to groom young players for their new defensive scheme.

Colts Relying Majorly On Young Talent For 2018 Success | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter
After being one of the oldest team in the NFL in recent years, the Indianapolis Colts are now one of the youngest as they continue their significant rebuild.

Young Colts have plenty to prove | Colts |
Patience is a hard sell in the NFL.

GM Chris Ballard: Colts are young, but will work butts off to get better; rookie Tyquan Lewis to IR | FOX59
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Without using the word, Chris Ballard made one thing crystal clear as he surveyed the Indianapolis Colts’ upcoming season. Patience will be required from an already anxious fan base.


John Simon release shows Colts doubling down on their principles. Are they right? – The Athletic
Of the 53 players on the active roster as of Saturday evening, 24 are in their first or second season in the NFL. Eleven of those are rookies, including nine of the team’s 11 draft picks.

KRAVITZ: If Colts can afford to cut Simon, they must be a Super Bowl contender. I mean…right? - Bob Kravitz - 13 WTHR Indianapolis
Colts' general manager Chris Ballard is more interested in winning football games than he is winning popularity contests, but with the decision to cut defensive end John Simon, I suspect he's going to lose both. Badly.

Chris Ballard Talks John Simon Decision, New Waiver Wire Moves, Colts Roster Cuts | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter
On Sunday afternoon, Colts general manager Chris Ballard explained his thought process around the 2018 roster cuts and his outlook on his current team.

Releasing John Simon A ‘Hard Decision’ For Chris Ballard
Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Sunday discussed the team’s decision to release veteran defensive end John Simon as part of the team’s moves to get to its initial 53-man roster.

NFL cut day: Colts surprise with decision to cut veteran John Simon
In a stunning move, the Indianapolis Colts released veteran John Simon on Saturday.

Veteran Simon among cuts as Colts reach 53-man limit | Colts |
One name stood out from the pack Saturday as the Colts made cuts to reach the 53-man regular-season roster limit. John Simon.

Colts surprisingly cut John Simon and have questions at wide receiver - Indianapolis Colts Blog- ESPN
Indianapolis is now in a position of leaning on some very young pass-rushers in the team's new 4-3 scheme.

Agent: Colts releasing DE John Simon | FOX59
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The names have trickled out the last 24 hours as the Indianapolis Colts have worked to whittle their roster to 53. One is a surprise: defensive end John Simon.


For Colts, cut day included releasing DE John Simon, trading for WR Marcus Johnson | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTV
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The cuts were deep and involved more than a few surprises. And keep in mind, the Indianapolis Colts aren’t done, yet. In reaching the NFL-mandated roster limit of 53 – moves were made that impacted 37 players – general manager Chris Ballard released a veteran defensiv...

Colts Make Final Cuts, Establish 53-Man Roster | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter
The Colts have established their first 53-man roster for the 2018 season. A position-by-position breakdown of the team’s 53-man roster.

2018 Indianapolis Colts starters, 53-man roster, schedule prediction - Indianapolis Colts Blog- ESPN
The Colts finally have a healthy Andrew Luck back in the fold for the 2018 season, and any question marks then turn to the weapons around him.

Quick Look: Colts’ 2018 Initial 53-Man Roster [UPDATED]
The Indianapolis Colts on Saturday cut down their roster to its first 53-man version to start the 2017 regular season. Who made the cut at each position?

Colts add DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, S Corey Moore via waivers | FOX59
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts continued to re-shape their roster Sunday by being awarded two players off waivers. A day after paring the roster from 90 to 53, the team added defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, who had been waived by New Orleans, and safety Corey Moore, who had been ...

Colts trade for WR Marcus Johnson from Seahawks | FOX59
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts addressed their thin wide receiver position by acquiring Marcus Johnson in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. The cost: tight end Darrell Daniels. A source confirmed the deal. The addition of Johnson makes sense.

Colts add two players off waivers; more moves to come
Hard as it's been, Colts sticking to their plan


Colts' Undrafted Rookie Roster Streak Reaches 20 Years
With linebacker Skai Moore and safety George Odum making the Indianapolis Colts’ initial 53-man roster for the 2018 regular season, the team has now had at least one undrafted rookie make the Week 1 roster for 20 straight years.

Phillip Walker Shows Growth, Ends Preseason On A High Note
After showing impressive development all summer, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Phillip Walker led a fourth-quarter comeback win on Thursday night to finish the preseason.

Tyquan Lewis To Be Placed On Injured Reserve
Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Sunday said rookie defensive tackle/end Tyquan Lewis will be placed on injured reserve with a toe injury.

Injuries To Watch As Colts Enter Regular Season | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter
On Monday, the Colts will have their first regular season practice of 2018, going into next Sunday’s opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.